As a cybersecurity professional I get frequent questions from people who want to know how to keep their personal or business data secure. While it is true that the tools and techniques used by hackers are getting more sophisticated, the reality is that most breaches, even the very large and highly publicized breaches, could
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach takes cyberattacks against the United States to a new level. The motivation of the cybercriminals responsible for the OPM breach was not financial or hacktivism, but purely intelligence gathering. For context, the OPM is responsible for conducting security clearance investigations for many federal agencies and this
For my Master of Science Degree in Information Security and Assurance (MSISA) I wrote my thesis about the overall lack of standards, certifications, and accreditation in the digital forensics discipline (available here). This lack of rigor within our profession may very well jeopardize the credibility of our discipline.
Over the past decade that I have
Technology and digital evidence are at the forefront of nearly every criminal, civil, and corporate investigation in the world. For the past thirty years digital evidence such as computers, cellular phones, tablets, servers, GPS devices, gaming consoles, storage devices, and network infrastructure devices have been forensically analyzed and presented in legal proceedings. In many
Anyone who has experience with the Internet knows how easily it is to stumble across inappropriate Internet content. As a father of two, I am extremely cautious about my children's online activities and utilize parental controls on everything I can. Whether you are a business owner trying to reduce what your employees can access
Over the years the question of how to store digital forensic evidence has been raised many times. Forensic examiners often ask how to properly use a Storage Area Network (SAN) or Network Attached Storage (NAS) device in a digital forensic laboratory. Some of the main questions asked are: 1) How do you handle the
Digital pictures and video have transformed our lives. I have so many pictures and videos of my kids that by the time they are in college, I'll have Terabytes of data. It is so easy these days to capture anything with a digital image. There is no need to worry about having film developed,