Guidance Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:GUID), the world leader in digital investigationsâ„¢, today announced the Timothy Fidel Memorial Award Committee, whose judges act as the decision-making body for the award given in memoriam of Special Agent Tim Fidel, a pioneer and tireless advocate of cyber forensics. The winner will be named at the sixth annual Computer Enterprise Investigations ConferenceÂ® (CEIC) taking place May 6-9 at the Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort…The Timothy Fidel Memorial Award Committee consists of a wide range of leaders in computer forensics, including: Steven Bullitt, program manager for the US Secret Service Electronic Crimes Special Agent Program (ECSAP); Andrew R. Feldman, director of the Technology and Support Center for the IRS Criminal Investigation; William S. Fortuno, associate special agent in charge for the Criminal Investigation Division of the US Environmental Protection Agency; Gary Probert, manager for the Gwent Police Hi-tech Crime Unit; and Gail Thackeray, assistant attorney general at the Arizona Attorney Generalâ€™s Office.
The Committee is accepting nominations from around the world for individuals who completed a computer forensic investigation during calendar year 2006. Submissions, which can be submitted online at www.CEIC2007.com, will be reviewed by the Committee and judged on several factors including: the use of best practices, industry standards or other innovative techniques; complexity or notoriety of investigation; and the impact of the investigation â€“ financial, organizational, procedural or societal. To show the industryâ€™s gratitude, the winnerâ€™s charity of choice will receive a $10,000 donation in their name.
â€œWe at Guidance Software are proud to continue to pay tribute to the Timothy Fidel legacy with this award that honors the best digital investigators in the world,â€ said John Colbert, CEO of Guidance Software. â€œTimâ€™s tireless efforts to modernize and standardize forensics have made our industry what it is today, and through CEIC and this award we hope to recognize and carry on that tradition.â€
CEIC 2007 will bring the worldâ€™s pre-eminent law enforcement, government and business leaders together to explore the latest techniques and best practices utilized by organizations around the world to secure and protect their IT networks from both external and internal threats. Guidance Software will be joined by Vericept in hosting the event, which continues to serve as the industryâ€™s flagship gathering and premier event for training and presenting cutting edge solutions in computer and enterprise investigations.
Timothy Fidel passed away on Oct. 29, 2004 at the age of 50. Fidel was a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, Criminal Investigation Division. He was a major participant in the design of the Secret Serviceâ€™s Electronic Crimes Special Agents Program, and he was a certified computer forensic examiner, as well as a respected member of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists. Fidelâ€™s last post of duty with the Secret Service was with the Ronald Reagan Protective Division for then-retired President Ronald Reagan and former first lady Nancy Reagan.
In 2006, the Timothy Fidel Memorial award was presented to Army Investigator Brent Pack for his Groundbreaking Work on the Abu Ghraib Detention Facility Investigation. Previous winners include Lydell Wall of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s office for his work on the Laci Peterson Investigation; and Corporal Jeff Owen of the Missouri State Highway Patrol on behalf of the Heart of America Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory and Mark Johnson of the U.S. Attorney General’s Office for their work on the Bobbie Jo Stinnett Investigation.
For more information about CEIC 2007, complete rules and regulations, or to submit a nomination for the Timothy Fidel Memorial Award, please visit the CEIC website at www.CEIC2007.com.
About Guidance Software (GUID)
Guidance Software is recognized worldwide as the industry leader in digital investigative solutions. Its EnCaseÂ® platform provides the foundation for government, corporate and law enforcement organizations to conduct thorough and effective computer investigations of any kind, such as intellectual property theft, incident response, compliance auditing and responding to eDiscovery requestsâ€”all while maintaining the forensic integrity of the data. There are more than 20,000 licensed users of the technology, and thousands of investigators and corporate security personnel attend Guidance Softwareâ€™s forensic methodology training annually. Validated by numerous courts worldwide, EnCase is also frequently honored with top security awards and recognition from eWEEK, SC Magazine and Network Computing, as well as the Socha-Gelbman survey.