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All leaders are managers but not all managers are leaders. Both managers and true leaders get things done through others, but managers do so by virtue of their specific position within their organizations, while true leaders—regardless of their official r

Are You a Manager or Leader?

July 22, 2014 8:54 am | Comments

All leaders are managers but not all managers are leaders. Both managers and true leaders get things done through others, but managers do so by virtue of their specific position within their organizations, while true leaders — regardless of their official rank — do so by inspiring others.

The Switch to Private Sector Digital Forensics

July 18, 2014 9:05 am | Comments

There is clearly a difference in the type of investigations and examinations being performed versus what are encountered in the public sector. The private sector examiner can be expected to provide evidence to private attorneys, corporations, private investigators, and corporate security departments.

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Glove Protection

July 18, 2014 8:38 am | Comments

Gloves are, of course, important for protecting evidence because they keep you from leaving your own fingerprints behind. They also offer you protection from blood and other substances at the scene.               

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A Resilient Medical Examiner or Crime Lab Facility

July 16, 2014 8:15 am | by Lou Hartman | Crime Lab Design | Comments

Forensic facilities and the operations they house, both Medical Examiners and Crime Laboratories, are important components of a community’s infrastructure. Natural disasters have the potential to cripple or destroy the buildings that support these operations. Making sure that forensic buildings operate through or are quickly available after an event is resiliency.

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With the global smartphone market expected to total 1.75 billion users this year, it is rare for an investigator to conduct a digital forensic investigation that does not include a smartphone.

Digging for Data, Finding Evidence in Third-Party Applications

July 16, 2014 8:13 am | by Heather Mahalik and Cesar Quezada | Basis Technology, SANS Institute | Comments

With the global smartphone market expected to total 1.75 billion users this year, it is rare for an investigator to conduct a digital forensic investigation that does not include a smartphone. While smartphone forensics has vastly improved over the years, third-party apps are making it increasingly difficult for investigators to find data. As a result, valuable evidence is being overlooked.

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Keeping House

July 15, 2014 8:34 am | Comments

Many injuries arise from poor housekeeping. Slips, trips, and falls are all too common yet easily avoided. Begin with organizing the storage areas. First, do not create hazards with your material storage. Stack and interlock boxes, containers, and other items that are stored in tiers.

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Flasher Box or No Flasher Box?

July 11, 2014 9:27 am | Comments

Let’s be very clear before we go down the flasher box path, there is no replacement or substitute for the automated forensic tools produced by mobile forensic manufacturers. Unfortunately, with growing consumer demand for newer and more technologically advanced mobile phones, these automated and safe solutions do not meet some investigative requirements.

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Dealing with the Details

July 11, 2014 9:08 am | Comments

Paying attention to details can make all the difference in your case. Be careful to avoid short cuts or inexpensive options that end up costing you.                             

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Data Storage Issues: Part 3

July 9, 2014 8:53 am | by John J. Barbara | Comments

The incredible amount of data being produced by individuals, industries, and governments continues to increase yearly along with the demand for greater archival storage capacities. Alternative storage technologies are already under development and they may eventually replace the conventional HDD for data storage.

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Knock! Knock!

July 9, 2014 8:51 am | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Comments

Good forensic lab managers know why we should conduct periodic laboratory safety audits or inspections. But, do you give much thought to how they should be done? Or, when is the best time? Or, what you should be looking for? This Safety Guy’s column will answer all these questions and step you through a meaningful laboratory safety survey. Our intent is to stimulate you to set up and implement a successful program.  

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Be Open to Complaints

July 8, 2014 8:56 am | Comments

All managers will receive complaints, but not all managers will receive them the same way. To some, most complaints seem trivial and to come “ out of nowhere” or “off the wall.” But since it probably took a great deal of courage for the employee to complain to you, even though it seems petty, it should be taken seriously and treated respectfully. 

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Avoid Shocking Electrical Hazards

July 1, 2014 8:34 am | Comments

While performing your facility inspection keep an eye out for electrical hazards. Frequently found problems include improper use of extension cords or cords with cut, torn, or frayed insulation, exposed wiring, missing grounding plugs, open electrical panels, and over-loaded circuits.

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SSD Evidence Issues

June 27, 2014 8:55 am | Comments

Solid-state drives represent a new storage technology. They operate much faster compared to traditional hard drives. SSD drives employ a completely different way of storing information internally, which makes it much easier to destroy information and much more difficult to recover it.

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Collecting impression evidence is definitely worth the effort—once you do so, you have duplicate evidence that can help make your case.

Duplicating Impression Evidence

June 27, 2014 8:38 am | Comments

When you’re called to a crime scene, you never know what you’re going to find. But no matter the scene, it’s important to recover as much evidence as possible. Sometimes we get so caught up in looking for DNA and other obvious evidence that we overlook other evidence that can be just as important. Collecting impression evidence is definitely worth the effort — once you do so, you have duplicate evidence that can help make your case.

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Crime Scene Investigator: Certification

June 25, 2014 10:52 am | by Dick Warrington | Lynn Peavey Company | Comments

I recently interviewed Lt. Owen McDonnell of the Caddo Sheriff’s Office, Crime Scene Investigations Division, an expert in the field, to get his perspective on CSI certification. Certification in any field gives you more credibility and professionalism in court, provided the certification program is independent and reputable. Prosecution and defense attorneys look for the credentials of the individual and the certifying body. 

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