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2019


2019

Nicole Odom, Forensic Scientist, Virginia Department Of Forensic Science

Monday August 19, 2019 (09:29:26)   (1242 Reads)
Nicole Odom
Nicole, you started out in chemistry and biological sciences before moving from orthopedics to digital forensics. What prompted you to pivot into the cyber world?

I actually get asked that question quite frequently, as my background has a little bit of everything; however, all of my experiences are centered on some type of science. I have always enjoyed researching and building from small ideas, so I knew that I wanted to pursue science in my undergraduate studies. Chemistry was the most inviting because it was so hands-on, and I knew I could focus on something I really enjoyed while taking the extra classes that would allow me to pursue the medical sciences. Once I graduated, I looked for a job in medical research and got the opportunity to experience the human-related aspect; however, I quickly realized that I wanted to go back to school and pursue a degree that allowed me to work in a setting where every day is different within the lab. It was actually a friend who told me that I should look into the forensic sciences because he felt like it was right up my alley, and I’m so grateful for his push.   more ...

2019

Scott Sattler, Incident Response Manager, HealthFirst

Monday August 12, 2019 (13:34:00)   (1190 Reads)
Scott Sattler
Scott, can you tell us a little about yourself, your role at HealthFirst and how you came to work in digital forensics?

I have worked in cyber defense for the last two decades and have witnessed the changing threat landscape and the ever-evolving and improving toolset. In the last five years I can actually feel positive about detecting and avoiding complex incidents, which cost corporations millions in lost revenue and fines.   more ...

2019

Lodrina Cherne, Product Manager, Cybereason

Friday August 02, 2019 (14:56:38)   (1680 Reads)
Lodrina Cherne
Lodrina, tell us about yourself and how you first got started in digital forensics.

Growing up outside Silicon Valley during the first dot-com boom, I was always interested in technology and luckily had access to the early web and programming classes. While I didn’t know about forensics as a career when I was younger, I consumed anything computer-related in school and did content for websites and communities at AOL.

What I saw as a logical progression from my teenage interests led me to pursue computer science in college. While the logic and problem-solving side of CS fascinated me – cryptography remaining one of my favorite courses to this day – I became less interested in programming itself and took some time to figure out where in technical world would be the best fit for me career-wise.   more ...

2019

Keith Lockhart, Director Of Training, Oxygen Forensics

Friday June 21, 2019 (10:58:14)   (1195 Reads)
Keith Lockhart
Tell us about how you first got into digital forensics, and what kept you in the field. How have you seen it evolve over the past 20 years?

The cliché is that many folks that ended up as a LEO using technology to fight crime stemmed from the fact that they knew how to make the printer turn on (or some variant of that). ???? I definitely fit that cliché but then as we started addressing the concept of “they have the information you’re after on the computer in the kitchen” during search warrants, it became apparent we had a whole new “search and seizure” and subsequent “what do we do with this now that we seized it?!” problem set to figure out.   more ...

2019

Richard Frawley, Digital Forensic Specialist, ADF Solutions

Thursday June 20, 2019 (12:52:17)   (1336 Reads)
Rich Frawley
Rich, tell us about how you first got into digital forensics, and the evolution you've seen in the field over the past 17 years. What has interested you most and kept you in the field?

I spent 22 years in law enforcement working for the Milford Police Department in Connecticut. It is here I was given the opportunity to take my passion for computers and focus it on digital investigations and forensic examinations.

In the late 90's Milford started one of the first computer crime units in the state and I was selected to be the forensic examiner. I already had a little computer experience and at that time a little was a lot. From that point forward it was from within the LE community that I learned about digital forensics, with entities such as IACIS, SEARCH, and NW3C.   more ...