This spring: Upcoming events

Throughout March, April and May our chapters will be hosting a number of training events — both regular meetings and regional conferences — and they’re looking forward to seeing members and non-members alike.

In March

On Tuesday, March 15 our Central Valley (CA) chapter will be hosting W.R. McKenzie, a Stanislaus County deputy district attorney. McKenzie will address a number of frequently asked questions about legal aspects of high tech investigations, including:

  • sexting, sextortion and sexual harassment via mobile phone
  • cell phone searches
  • discussion of 528.5PC (California’s penal code regarding impersonating another via the Internet)
  • discussion of 637.7PC (another penal code regarding GPS and the private citizen
  • non-law-enforcement searches of workplace computers
  • Q & A

The meeting will start at 11:45 am at the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department; lunch will be provided for members and their guests.

On Wednesday, March 16 our Western Canadian chapter will host Jason Smith, Account Executive for Guidance Software. He’ll be providing their views regarding the direction of forensics and forensic investigations over the next few years.  As part of the presentation Guidance will also be providing a demonstration of their Cybersecurity product for proactive auditing and incident response.  This product will be of definite interest for the members in private industry and law enforcement facing increasing demands by management to reduce or eliminate security incidents through proactive measures.

The meeting will begin at noon at the Nexen building in Calgary.

Wednesday, March 16 will also see our Florida chapter’s meeting. At the FDA building in Plantation, Bob Masterson of Windward Development will run through some Basic Linux Forensics. The meeting starts at 9am.

On Thursday, March 17, our Atlanta chapter will be, in conjunction with the Atlanta chapter of the  American Society for Digital Forensics and eDiscovery (ASDFED), hosting AccessData Group for a discussion of:

  • eDiscovery from a practitioner’s perspective
  • legal review & case data management
  • forensic investigations
  • the future of threat detection

The meeting will run from 10:30am – 1pm at the AIU Atlanta campus, located at 500 Embassy Row.

On Tuesday, March 22, our Northeast chapter will host a series of three presentations:

Cyber Situational Awareness through Graph Mining. Tina Eliassi-Rad, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science at Rutgers University, will outline applications of graph mining to various problems associated with cyber situational awareness.  In particular, it will discuss Eliassi-Rad’s work on (1) traffic profiling in presence of encryption and obfuscation, (2) anomaly detection in volatile networks, and (3) vulnerability-measure of a network and shield-value of a host in the network. Time-permitting, the presentation will detail a linear-time algorithm with a 94% success rate in identifying Web-based attacks.

Responding To Advanced Persistent Threat Intrusions:  Effective Tools, Tactics, and Protocols for Enterprise Intrusion Investigations. Stephen Windsor, who leads Booz Allen Hamilton’s Digital Forensics and Incident Response Team, will focus on effective incident management, investigative techniques, indicators of compromise and how to find them in the enterprise, and ultimately, remediation and risk mitigation techniques. He will follow this up with a conversation on developing an enterprise APT risk mitigation strategy.

Securing Your Mac. Waldo Gonzalez, a detective with the New York City Police Department Computer Crimes Squad, will give a step by step presentation about how investigators should secure and lock down their Macintosh computers from physical and network threats. Although the Mac OSX operating system is considered to be safer because viruses are mainly geared towards the Windows environment, it is still important to secure.

The meeting will run from 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM at Booz & Co. Inc., 101 Park Avenue in Manhattan. It will also be available via WebEx. See more details, including RSVP information, at the Northeast chapter website.

Between March 29 and April 1, the Minnesota chapter will be holding its 9th annual spring conference. Designed for security managers, law enforcement, county and state attorneys/prosecutors, corporate security investigators, homeland security administrators, students pursuing a forensics degree and others, the conference will feature lecture tracks on common investigative problems, three excellent keynote speakers, and breakout hands-on sessions will all be available. See our earlier blog post for many more details!

April meetings

On Wednesday, April 13th, our Arizona chapter will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Tempe Police Department – Apache Substation. Featured speaker, InfinaDyne’s Paul Crowley, will present on CD/DVD forensics with CD/DVD Inspector version 4.1 and digital video indexing with Vindex. Meeting attendees will receive a disc containing trial versions of each application. (Remember: these tools will also be available free to all international conference participants!)

Thursday, April 14 from  9:00am – 12:00noon, our Delaware Valley chapter will host Michael L. Levy, Assistant United States Attorney and Chief, Computer Crimes in speaking on recent developments in the law regarding the seizures and searches of computers. In addition, Leonard Deutchman, General Counsel and Administrative Partner of LDiscovery, LLC will speak on theft of trade secrets and confidential information from the corporate perspective.

On Friday, April 15, our Northeast chapter will hold its monthly meeting from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM. Speakers and topics are to be announced, but you can plan to attend at St. John’s University, NYC Campus. Learn more at the chapter website.

On Tuesday, April 19, our Ottawa chapter will be hosting John R. Schafer, PhD for a talk on Psychological Narrative Analysis (PNA). A new technique based on scientific research, PNA is a professional method that detects deception in both written and oral communications. It applies to social and professional environments, and is a passive technique that can benefit law enforcement officers, attorneys, and psychologists alike as they interview subjects.

Held at Toronto’s BMO Institute for Learning, in person or via a live webcast, the meeting will run from 1-3:30 PM. For more information and to register, please visit the website at

In May

Our Michigan chapter’s next meeting is scheduled for May 11. From 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon, Joel Weever, will present a “Malware Economy Update”. The meeting will be at the Troy Police Department.

And in Ottawa on May 26, our chapter is organizing a one-day training event, “From the Beginning.” Designed for first responders, the session will bring together subject matter experts in various fields to give you an updated view of the challenges faced by today’s first responders under different conditions.

The agenda will include:

  • The legal aspects and challenges for proper collection of digital information
  • Corporate responsibility when faced with a requirement (internal or external) to produce digital evidence current practices relating to computing systems – hard wired, mobile, networked or “in the cloud”
  • Critical data to collect and how to collect it while maintaining its integrity

In addition you will have an opportunity to question our subject matter experts relating to your specific circumstances.

Questions about any of these events? Visit the websites linked from this post, and find contact info there. You can also leave a comment below, and we’ll get back to you with the right contact information.


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