What’s Happening At Techno Security Wilmington, June 05 – 08 2023

The Techno Security and Digital Forensics Conference changes venues from the Marriott in Myrtle Beach, to its new location in Wilmington, North Carolina at the convention center. Running Monday, June 5th through Thursday, June 8th, the conference continues to offer the high qualify line up of topics and speakers the industry has come to expect from Techno. Primary session tracks will see the addition of eDiscovery to the line-up of digital forensics, information security and related fields.

Event Director, Jennifer Salvadori, said that the 24th edition of the flagship conference has a sold out expo hall, and already two of the three hotels offering discounted conference room rates are at capacity. Salvadori reports that a record number of submissions were received during the open Call for Speakers, and that the educational program has been expanded to start earlier on the first conference day. The schedule change allows for more content, as requested via feedback received on attendee surveys over the years.

Here’s a look at some of what to expect this year in Wilmington within the Techno East conference program.

Bonus Sessions – Conference Starts At 9:30 AM Monday, June 5th

The conference will start earlier on Monday, June 5th – kicking off with three two-hour sessions from 9:30 to 11:30. This “bonus” content will feature:

“Google Geofences: Understanding the Fundamentals & Dealing with Rejection”, presented by Crime Analysts, Romy Haas and Danielle Ponce de Leon from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, will share how a Google Reverse Location Search (Geofence) search warrant works and the challenges geofences are facing in court. A brief homicide case study will be presented.

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Ken Cutler, Ken Cutler & Associates will identify the control points in a DevOps, associated risks (including supply chain risks), and a DevSecOps overlay to promote end-to-end integrated and automated testing, controls, and enforcement, in his session “Securing and Auditing the DevOps Software Development Life Cycle – Stopping a Runaway Train.”

“What Data Do Google and Apple REALLY Collect?”will be presented by Jerry Hatchett and Chip Koon,  Veracity Forensics. During this session, they will do a deep dive into the information mobile devices collect about us on a daily basis, what happens to that data, and the implications for both users and investigators.


On Monday, June 5th, Joseph “Rich” Baich, the CIA’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Director of the Office of Cyber Security (OCS), will deliver the keynote presentation,n where he will discuss how cyber defense is the new offense. He’ll share how the future geopolitical and armed conflicts will fall to public private cooperation to defend and how organizations need to move towards more proactive cyber defense.

E-discovery And Digital Forensics

On Monday, Carlos Baradat, The Baradat Group, LLC, will present “Winning Cases with eDiscovery and Digital Forensics”. This session will take us from the collection stage of legally defensible data, through the processing, analyzing, and production phases, all the while highlighting best practices and potential pitfalls that every litigator ought to know in today’s legal realm.

“Enter the Metaverse: How to Survive in the “The Wild West “of Web 3.0” will be presented by Ray Rivard and Nana Safo, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The presentation will explore challenges of the Metaverse and how it will impact eDiscovery.

Thursday will feature, “Understanding How to Use eDiscovery Tools and Analytics for DFIRInvestigations”with speakers William Odom, III and Andrew Hunniford, Orbital Data Consulting Group to share the tools that can be used to assist in an investigation, including incident response, data privacy and breach reporting.

Crypto Currency And The Dark Web

On Wednesday, June 7th at 8:30 AM, the United States Secret Service will present a panel discussion on “Cryptocurrency: A Case Study from Inception of Investigation to Successful Seizure”, a case study of a cryptocurrency investigation.

“Investigating the Dark Web and Cryptocurrencies” will be presented on Thursday, June 8th by Keven Hendricks, New Brunswick Police Department/Law Enforcement. He will share best practices when conducting dark web investigations, understanding the end-to-end encryption apps and email services commonly used.

iOS Forensics

“iOS Forensics – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” will be presented on Tuesday, June 6th, by Jared Luebbert, Belkasoft, where he will we discuss the lifecycle of iOS versions and devices, including major changes in iOS updates and what implications they bring to examiners.

Chris Vance, Magnet Forensics, will present “I Didn’t Put That File There! – Understanding the iOS Files Application” on Tuesday, June 6th, where he will explore file attribution, storage across multiple areas of the file system, and where to look for the context behind a key application in iOS.

Mobile Forensics

Jared Barnhart, Cellebrite and Heather Mahalik, Cellebrite / SANS Institute will present “eXXXamining Mobile Web Browsers” on Monday, June 5th where they will break down web browsers and their artifacts for both iOS and Android.

On Wednesday, June 7th, Jared will also present “Courtroom Strategies for Mobile Forensics” where he will break down some of the core components of mobile device forensics to strengthen testimony and make sure the jurors don’t get lost in 1’s and 0’s.

Data, Data, and more Data

On Wednesday, June 7th, Dan Dollarhide, Oxygen Forensics will present “Data Blackouts: Examining the Causes and Challenges for Law Enforcement When Collecting Digital Evidence and Cloud Stored Evidence Data”. The session will discuss the causes and challenges of the Data Blackout created by cloud storage, encryption that investigators face, and steps to solve these forensic challenges.

Jessica Hyde, Hexordia and Joshua Hickman, Kroll will present “Gen X: Effective Methods and Best Practices for the Generation of Test Data for Digital Forensics” also on Wednesday, June 7th. They will share how to dig into the nuance of effectively creating data sets for a multitude of uses for your lab.

Thursday, June 8th, Joe Perez, NC Dept of Health & Human Services will discuss whether data should be driving our decision-making in forensics, in his session, “Driving Decisions with Data: Delight or Disaster?”

Drone Threats

Wednesday, June 7th, “Future (and current) Threats Posed by Drones” presented by David Kovar, URSA Inc. will educate the audience on the not-so-distant future threats posed by drones and the regulatory and policy challenges we face to deploy and operate systems designed to detect, identify, and counter malicious drones.

Drones will also be discussed on Tuesday, June 6th in the session “The Rising Drone Threat and the Need for Forensic Solutions” with Joshua Smith, SkySafe, Inc. where he’ll share their research effort dedicated to developing the tools needed most by law enforcement for performing digital forensic extraction from multiple UAV devices across vendors, makes and models.

Zero Trust & Login Forensics

Brian Carrier, Cyber Triage will present “User Login Forensics – Merging Artifacts To Find Anomalous Activity” on Tuesday, June 6th covering the logical steps of logons, dive into events that occur at each step and identify patterns of login activity to identify anomalous hosts and user accounts.

“Zero Trust Illustrated: A Guide for Network and Infosec Pros” will be presented by Jennifer Minella, Viszen Security on Tuesday, June 6th. In this session,n she will share real world examples of zero trust journeys, explain and illustrate architectures, plus untangle ZTA, ZTNA, SASE, SSE, and more.

The full conference line up of 120+ sessions and product demos, including the above and tracks from the four Titanium sponsors (Belkasoft, Cellebrite, Magnet Forensics and Oxygen Forensics) is expected to be available on the event web site www.TechnoSecurity.us/east by the first week of March. Forensic Focus members who attend will receive a 10% discount on their registration. To access the discount (not valid on already reduced government rates), enter Promo Code FOR23 during the registration process.

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