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[Colloquium] Digital Forensics and Investigation

April 23, 2009

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  • Date: Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 
  • Time: 11 am — 12:15 pm 
  • Place: ME 218

Jonathan J. Mandeville
Verizon FNS
(at Sandia National Laboratories)

Abstract: Digital forensics is a branch of forensic science that seeks to understand artifacts in computers, portable electronic devices, and any other form of electronic media. The goal may be to investigate a cyber intrusion, employee waste/fraud/abuse, or other criminal activities. Each year millions of dollars are spent on digital forensics equipment, training, and personnel by corporations and governments around the world. There is also a growing industry in private-sector data recovery and investigation that uses principles of digital forensics. Closely related to digital forensic are Intrusion Detection and Cyber Security. This presentation will cover the basics of digital forensics, including chain of custody and evidence-gathering methods, software and hardware tools, courtroom testimony, as well as discuss preparation for internships or employment with law enforcement or other government agencies. If there is time, some discussion of IDS will be included.

Bio: Jonathan J. Mandeville is a contractor at Sandia National Labs in the Cyber Monitoring and Policies group. Prior to his current role he helped develop and deploy a program at Sandia that secures laptop computers for travel abroad. He is in the process of receiving his ENCE certification, and is a Certified Ethical Hacker. He expects to graduate with his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of New Mexico in the Spring of 2010.