Book Review – Steve Jobs

Full disclosure – I received this book as a gift for Christmas and I didn’t read it – I listen to it on CD J. If you’ve never done this before and you have a busy lifestyle I highly recommend it.  My intention in this post is not to provide a spoiler with regard to all of the details in the autobiography, but …

Series Introduction: Spring 2012 Digital Forensic Tool Evaluation

This will be the first of many posts during the Spring 2012 term for this class. The course audience is Sophomore Digital Forensic Students and fortunately for me it’s a very full section. The rational in my mind for offering this course is: In the real world forensic examiners, like mechanics, have many tools to use on projects. While a pipe wrench …

Mistakes happen – Learn from them

I’ve had this blog post brewing for some time, but in light of Harlan Carvey’s “Uncertainty” post and Christa Miller’s Book Review “Uncertainty” I felt it appropriate to release it. In light of the recent press into several “mistakes” the water pump hack (that never really happened);  the CarrierIQ claims that the software would “sniff” and send everything one types into an Android …

Series Introduction: Spring 2012 Anti-Forensics & Network Forensics

This will be the first of many posts during the Spring 2012 term for this class. I will be teaching this course for the fourth time – and every time we do something new and exciting.  This year I’ve decided to integrate the book Worm by Mark Bowden (link to my Book Review blog post) into the course. Traditionally we …

Series Introduction: Spring 2012 Advanced Practice in Digital Forensics

This will be the first of many posts during the Spring 2012 term for this class. I will be teaching the course in a hybrid format – 1/2 in class and 1/2 online. The course audience is Senior Digital Forensic students at Champlain College. The one element that I’m going to have fun with this term is we’re always updating …

Are you a Digital Forensic / Incident Response Professor/Adjunct/Instructor?

After some good feedback from Digital Forensic Incident Response the Twitter folk, I decided to formally create the list… As most of you know, I’m a professor of Computer & Digital Forensics at Champlain College. In my former life I was a Senior Consultant for a large consulting firm. Approximately five years ago my wife and I decided that I …

New device this holiday season? How to "erase" your old one

In light of the holiday gift-giving season – I was contacted today by Jennifer Reading (@WCAX_Jennifer), a local news reporter, to give a brief interview on the topic of erasing your old electronic equipment.  This topic is directly linked to preventing identify theft and inadvertently distributing personal / confidential information. Her timely article is focused on what to do with your old digital devices when you plan on …