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Continuing Education in Digital Forensics

By Rebecca Waters
We speak of it often and think about it even more: considering the pace at which technology is advancing, digital forensic investigators must constantly continue to learn new skills, understand new techniques, and keep appraised of the changing demands of the job.

Achieving Advanced Smartphone and Mobile Device Forensics

By Heather Mahalik
Too often smartphone devices are overlooked as investigators focus solely on computer hard drives. As the mobile device market continues to grow and evolve, an investigator’s task of uncovering evidence will be that much harder. Staying current through education and hands-on training courses is cruicial.  

Professional Ethics in the Digital Forensics Discipline: Part 1

By Sean Harrington 
Digital forensics examiners all confront ethical dilemmas. In fact, examiners are ill prepared to solve these dilemmas. The profession has, for its part, endeavored to provide examiners with a framework within which the digital forensics examiner must not only recognize, classify, and manage ethical dilemmas, but also respect boundaries and honor obligations.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Leads with E-Discovery

By Ken Mohr and Larry Depew 
When you hear about recent organizations who have achieved ASCLD/LAB accreditation, you may not expect to hear Wal-mart Stores, Inc. named. Ken Mohr, a principal at Crime Lab Design, heard about the project Larry Depew and his company, Digital Forensics.US, LLC was doing with Walmart’s E-Discovery and Forensic Services Laboratory and wanted to learn more about the trend for convergence of E-Discovery and digital forensic services.  

Profile: Ed Primeau, Audio Forensic Expert

By Rebecca Waters
Ed Primeau, a Michigan-based audio forensic expert, plays an important role analyzing sound recordings to be presented as admissible evidence in a court of law, and typically completes 40 to 50 voice identification cases each year. DFI News spoke with him to see what it takes to specialize in audio forensics. 

Data Storage Issues: Part 2

By John J. Barbara
Hard drives provide an efficient and cost-effective means to manage large amounts of data. However, we should remember that throughout the history of data storage, current media technology only lasts a short time (i.e., the floppy disk) before being replaced by some newer, bigger, better, and faster method of storing data.