Almost every week we learn about a data breach where attackers went unnoticed for a significant period of time. In 2014, the average number of days was 205. The numbers are not surprising to most seasoned incident response professionals, many of whom have worked cases where attackers have been in the network undetected for years.
In the face of increasing demand for services and a mounting backlog of cases, many lab directors feel their only option is to add more personnel, increase or redesign lab space, or build a new facility altogether. In some cases, one of these options may be appropriate, but in others, improvements to existing procedures and work flow may be sufficient to solve the problem.
A good crime scene investigator collects evidence with the goal of solving the crime, and holding the person who committed the crime accountable. It doesn’t matter how great a fingerprint or shoe print is if it never gets admitted in court. Lt. Owen McDonnell of the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office and Dick Warrington discuss admissibility of impression evidence and best practices to make sure crime-scene evidence makes it to the courtroom.
Summertime is a good time to discuss indoor air quality (IAQ) as we are taxing our heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems in most areas at this time of year and many facilities undergo construction or renovation projects as well.
You need to select a chemical fume hood for your facility. You are familiar with traditional chemical fume hoods, but lately you have been reading about the filtered fume hoods or something referred to as “ductless.” It gets that name “ductless” because of a filter pack located in the fume hood which takes dirty hood air and cleans it before putting it back into the lab; no ductwork to exhaust air to the exterior—thus ductless.
There is a dark side to computer use, or rather computer misuse. Regardless of how many written rules, policies, and procedures management puts into place to protect the confidentiality and integrity of their digital information and intellectual property, it seems inevitable that a breach will eventually occur.
Researchers found that formaldehyde that was used to preserve the dead in recent burials has been leaking into the ground, and when these burials are located on hills, the chemicals can drain down into bogs and rivers.
The Boston Police Commissioner talks about how the Marathon Bombing changed policing and his department forever.
Although Reichs is now a household name, her work in the field of forensic science hasn’t faltered. Kathy Reichs spoke with Forensic Magazine about her newest novel “Speaking in Bones” a murder mystery that dives into Blue Ridge Mountain folklore and the relatively recent phenomenon of “web sleuthing.”
Kevin Brown, who worked as a criminalist for the San Diego police for 20 years, was named as a suspect in the brutal 1984 killing of 14-year-old Claire Hough, in October – just days after he hanged himself from a tree in a public park.
The 86 bodies, some intact and others dismembered, were preserved in alcohol in the infamous institute as part of Hirt’s SS-backed “racial anatomy” studies.
Rapid DNA technology has reached its next significant milestone now that a new manufacturer in the field has developed instrumentation that is truly portable.
The trace amount of DNA in hair follicles – which are often severely dehydrated when shed – can now effectively be analyzed without hugely time-consuming and expensive laboratory analysis, according to the study.
Lloyd Michael Welch, Jr., now an imprisoned sex offender, has told authorities he had left the mall in a vehicle with the girls, and that the next day, he saw his uncle Richard Welch molesting one of the girls at his Virginia home.
The video of a fatal police shooting two years ago has been released to the media, after a federal judge ruled that the public should know what led to a multimillion-dollar settlement in the resulting civil lawsuit.