The Security Sentinels

Here are the tales of three trailblazers whose work in computer security and forensics have helped shape modern practices. These security pioneers include Martha Stansell-Gamm, a former U.S. Air Force judge advocate who started an arduous fight against breast cancer as she took over leadership of the then 8-year-old Computer Crime and Intellectual Property section of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). While developing the DOJ’s forensics procedures for search and seizure of electronic evidence, Stansell-Gamm crossed paths with Raemarie Schmidt, who developed digital forensics procedures for Wisconsin’s branch of the DOJ. Schmidt’s work helped set the standard for computer forensics now used by law enforcement agencies around the nation…

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