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What's the Opposite of Micromanagement?

January 15, 2014 6:22 pm | Comments

There has been a lot of focus on micromanagement. It’s a popular and frequently correct diagnosis for management ills. However, if micromanagement is the wrong way to do things, what’s the right direction for a manager to take? Delegation is the antithesis of micromanagement.


Advanced Network Forensics: Analysis in an Interconnected Landscape

January 14, 2014 4:46 pm | by Phil Hagen | Comments

The fundamental tenets of an investigation remain consistent regardless of the domain being examined. Network forensics provides even greater evidence collection potential, but introduces some unique challenges that an investigator must understand and address to provide meaningful findings.


Engineering and Work Practice Controls Are the Key to BBP Standards

January 13, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

Controls to eliminate or minimize employee exposures are always the first means to protect workers. Hand washing facilities, sharps disposal containers, and employee training on safe work practices are the best way to avoid exposure to blood-borne pathogens.


Lifting Prints from Wet Surfaces

January 9, 2014 7:15 pm | Comments

While fingerprint evidence is not as fragile as some people think, you do have to handle it appropriately. Oil and water don’t mix, so fingerprints will remain intact on a wet vehicle. You have two options for developing and lifting latent fingerprints from a wet surface: SPR and Wet Print. 


Apply Locard's Exchange Principle to Digital Forensics

January 9, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

Locard’s Exchange Principle is often cited in forensics publications, “Every contact leaves a trace.” In the cyber world, the perpetrator may or may not come in physical contact with the crime scene, thus, this brings a new facet to crime scene analysis.


The 10 Essentials of Delegating

January 8, 2014 7:00 pm | Comments

You will not be an effective manager unless you learn how to delegate. The question, "Should I be handling this?" must be asked frequently if you are to develop your associates, build a strong team, and avoid being swamped. These tips will help you delegate more effectively.


Don't Use the Area Under the Safety Shower for Storage

January 6, 2014 8:41 pm | Comments

The open area under the safety shower is often choice space for putting boxes or storing a cart. Resist the temptation and keep access to it free and clear of obstacles. One day you may need to find it quickly and with your eyes closed.


Communication is Key: Part 1

January 4, 2014 5:05 am | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Comments

Revising OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard will improve the quality, consistency, and clarity of hazard information that workers receive, making it safer for workers to do their jobs and easier for employers to stay competitive in the global marketplace. The changes were made to incorporate the best from the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.


Preventing Crime Scene Contamination

January 4, 2014 4:40 am | by Dick Warrington | Lynn Peavey Company | Comments

Crime Scene Officers investigating a scene have a crucial responsibility: to find and preserve evidence. In the past, we simply pulled on a pair of gloves and maybe a mask to filter out odors, and got to work. Nowadays, we know that’s not enough to protect scenes from unintentional contamination of evidence. You can prevent most contamination by planning ahead and developing standard methods for working a scene.


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Leads with E-Discovery: Part 1

January 4, 2014 4:34 am | by Ken Mohr and Larry Depew | Crime Lab Design | Comments

Ken Mohr heard about the project Larry Depew and his company was doing with Walmart and wanted to learn more about the trend for convergence of E-Discovery and digital forensic services. This two part article shares what was learned within the quiet, but exploding world of digital forensics.


Solid State Drives: Part 4

January 4, 2014 4:28 am | by John J. Barbara | Digital Forensics Consulting, LLC | Comments

The way in which an SSD stores data is totally different from how data is stored on a traditional hard drive. To fully comprehend how an SSD functions and provide insight into their forensic examination, it is necessary to understand SSD terminology.


The Importance of Being Transparent

January 4, 2014 4:21 am | by Chris Asplen | Comments

We are putting DNA and its capabilities directly in the hands of police more and more every day. As we expand the use of local databases and as police request more consensual investigative samples from suspects and move toward the implementation of Rapid DNA testing of reference samples in booking station settings, law enforcement will need to be more open and transparent about how they are using the technology and for what purpose. 


Finding the Missing Link

January 4, 2014 4:12 am | by Douglas Page | Comments

Crime linkage systems can play a significant role in the apprehension of human trafficking gangs when scant traditional evidence exists. Computerized crime linkage systems are meant to assist police in determining whether crimes have been committed by the same offender.  


Crime Scene Diagramming: Back to Basics

January 4, 2014 4:02 am | by Kent E. Boots | | Comments

It is quite common in crime scene reconstruction for some type of analysis, e.g., trajectory, blood spatter, etc., to be based on measurements taken at a crime scene. The foundation for the analysis is based on the assumption that adequate and proper scene measurements were obtained. If the methodology is called into question during a legal proceeding, then the resulting analysis could be challenged as well.


Digging Deep: Next Generation Sequencing for Mitochondrial DNA Forensics

January 4, 2014 3:48 am | by Terry Melton | Mitotyping Technologies, a Division of AIBioTech | Comments

Due to the unforeseen popularity of mitochondrial DNA analysis, in 2013 forensic science is bumping up against the few remaining technical challenges in mtDNA analysis and ready to embrace some new tools for dealing with those challenges. Next Generation Sequencing is one of those new tools, poised to become a big player in forensic testing and equal to the challenges experienced by mtDNA practitioners.



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