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Smartphone Challenges: Prepaid Phones

February 7, 2014 10:10 am | Cellebrite USA, Inc. | Comments

Prepaid phones have been a problem for some time, and continue to be a problem for law enforcement in particular. That’s because the disabled data port on these devices cannot be enabled, and vendors don’t make the devices’ APIs available to commercial forensic extraction tools’ developers.  

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Collecting Touch DNA Evidence

February 6, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

Touch DNA exists where a perpetrator has touched a surface at the crime scene, possibly leaving a fingerprint as well as DNA. Having the proper supplies on the scene, and the knowledge to use them, is critical to the collection of usable DNA samples.

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How to Listen to New Ideas

February 5, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

One of the key lessons of improvisational comedy is the term “Yes, and.” The idea is that the actor accepts whatever comes at him and instead of fighting it, says “yes” to it. This really works in most business settings, too.        

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How to Choose a Health and Safety Consultant

February 3, 2014 8:55 pm | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Comments

There are many factors to consider when looking for and selecting a qualified and appropriate consultant for health and safety issues. Before choosing a consultant, you must first define the issue or project, its scope, and constraints as thoroughly as possible. 

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Take an Active Role When Working Cases with Attorneys

January 30, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

These days a great deal more is required of an attorney before the motion for injunctive relief can be filed. You can help them meet their professional obligations by providing advice on the preliminary steps that need to be addressed to preserve electronically stored information. The attorney must first establish a litigation hold of all potentially relevant electronically stored information. 

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Evidence Response Technicians Take Up the Slack

January 30, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

Most departments have one or two crime scene officers (CSOs) available. Their expertise is crucial, but in most cases, one or two CSOs are not enough to cover the whole territory the department is responsible for. Many departments are looking to evidence response technicians to solve the problem.

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When to Use (and not use) Email

January 29, 2014 7:17 pm | Comments

Well-formatted, clear, concise e-mail messages are critical to getting our messages read and getting the responses we need. But before you think about what you’re going to communicate in that e-mail, make sure e-mail is the best way to go.  

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Why Bother With LEED?

January 27, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

According to the USGBC, decreased operating costs, increased property values, increased productivity, reduced absenteeism, improved risk management, and verified building performance are seen with LEED certified buildings.          

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Obtaining Tool Mark Impressions

January 23, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

The following describes a modified technique for obtaining tool mark impressions utilizing polyvinylsiloxane impression material. Advantages of the polyvinylsiloxane materials include ease of use, accuracy, and dimensional stability over time.

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Some Challenges to Preparing for Accreditation in Digital Forensics

January 23, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

To attain ASCLD/LAB – International accreditation, a laboratory must achieve 100% compliance with every applicable clause in the accreditation requirements. Often overlooked is the fact that just about every sentence or lists of items in the accreditation requirements are ratable clauses to which the laboratory must demonstrate conformance.

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Three Keys to Beat Procrastination

January 22, 2014 6:23 pm | Comments

Procrastination occurs for a number of reasons and in varying degrees. All of these reasons are internal, and really have nothing to do with the task itself. So if you have a few unfinished projects looming over your head and you can’t seem to muster the initiative to get them done, put the following procrastination-busting tips into play today.  

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Digital Evidence Analysis

January 21, 2014 7:10 pm | by John J. Barbara | Comments

There are three essential tasks that an examiner performs during the analysis of evidentiary digital media: (1) creation of a forensic image; (2) creation of a forensic archive from the forensic image; and (3) exporting potential probative digital data related to the investigation.

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Understand Latex Allergy Risks

January 20, 2014 7:20 pm | Comments

Workers are often unaware of latex allergy risk in the workplace. This can result in potentially serious health problems. Minimize risk and prevent possible health problems by following these recommendations from NIOSH.                    

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Collecting Computers into Evidence

January 16, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

In the vast majority of computer related investigations, magistrates allow their seizure. Normally no forensic examination or imaging is performed on-site or via remote access. The computer is seized, packed appropriately, and submitted for forensic analysis at a later date. There are certain steps that must be taken to ensure the integrity of potential digital evidence.

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A Good Case Management Workflow Is Crucial for Website Capture

January 16, 2014 6:46 pm | Comments

Good case management workflow for website capture should include researching the suspect company background and website, identifing necessary resources required for the project, initiating and executing the project, and reporting and testimony.

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