Massachusetts Attorney General Hosts Conference to Focus on Seizure and Analysis of Digital Evidence
The SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Services team will be an integral part of the 2014 National Cyber Crime Conference, which takes place April 28–30 in Norwood, Massachusetts. The event is hosted by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and is the only national conference of its kind to restrict attendance to national and international law enforcement agencies.
Law enforcement agencies face a continual struggle to keep up with changes in technology. For instance, often investigators don’t hear about a new piece of technology like a new chatting or picture-sharing app until it comes to them in a case. And then they are forced to play catch up. Helping law enforcement move from being reactive to more proactive is one of the goals of this conference.
The Honorable Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, and chairman and co-founder of The Chertoff Group, will deliver the keynote address. The conference will feature three tracks of instruction geared for prosecutors, investigators and digital evidence forensic examiners. Event organizers expect more than 450 law enforcement officers and prosecutors to attend.
SEARCH is a training partner for this event, and the entire team will present more than a dozen different topics during lecture sessions and hands-on labs:
- Social Media Investigations: Searching Profiles, Saving Data, and Addressing Legal Considerations
- Introduction to Internet Investigations
- The Recovery of Volatile Data
- Field Triage and Data Acquisition
- Introduction to Mobile Device Data Recovery
- Introduction to Windows Forensic Environment (WinFE)
- Introduction to Cyber Crime and Computer Forensics
- Become a Google Jedi: Save Yourself from Information Overload
- Firefox Add-ons: Free Resources to Enhance your Investigations
- Investigative USB Apps
- Life Beyond Facebook: Awareness and Investigative Skills on Other Social Networking Sites
- Countering Defenses in Digital Evidence Cases
- Authentication of Digital Evidence
- Hot Topics in Cyber Crime Law
Meet the High-Tech Crime Training Services Team
Areas of expertise: digital forensics, mobile device investigations
Areas of expertise: legal considerations for digital evidence
Areas of expertise: P2P network investigations, previewing tools
Areas of expertise: digital forensics, photo imaging and analysis
Areas of expertise: social networking, mobile device investigations
Areas of expertise: social networking investigations
Areas of expertise: digital forensics, previewing tools
Mr. Timothy Lott is Director of the High-Tech Crime Training Services Program of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. He oversees a national program that provides expert technical assistance and training to local, state, and federal justice and public safety agencies on successfully conducting electronic crimes investigations.
These courses focus on teaching how to investigate Internet and computer crimes, online child exploitation, cellular devices, and social networking sites, and the proper search and seizure of home and small office networks. The High-Tech Crime Training Services team led by Mr. Lott also provides hands-on assistance in systems security and computer forensics.
Mr. Lott joined SEARCH in 2010 as a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist. He coordinated and provided training on high-tech crime investigations and forensics; provided technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in active cases; prepared training curricula; and presented at conferences throughout the United States. He was promoted to his current position in 2011.
Mr. Lott previously worked for 6 years as a Deputy Probation Officer for the Sacramento County (California) Department of Probation, and another 2 years as a Probation Assistant. He was assigned to the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force, and helped conduct multijurisdictional investigations involving white-collar crime, organized crime, crimes against persons, and fraud when high-technology or identity theft is a factor. He also supervised a caseload of adult and juvenile probationers.
His assignment on the Task Force required him to conduct probation compliance checks on offenders who had been convicted and placed on probation for offenses involving the possession of child pornography, stalking via social networking sites or cell phones, and identity theft. In August 2009, Mr. Lott was cross-designated as a Special Deputy United States Marshal.
Mr. Lott is a member of the American Probation and Parole Association, American Criminal Justice Association, and High Technology Crime Investigation Association. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from California State University-Sacramento. He is a certified Instructor through the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation / Instructor Development Institute (ICI/IDI).×
Mr. Justin Fitzsimmons is a Program Manager in the High-Tech Crime Training Services (HTCTS) department of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. He helps coordinate training with law enforcement agencies, prepares budgets, oversees the HTCTS project staff, and develops high-tech crime training projects for justice, public safety, and homeland security agencies nationwide. He also conducts legal, policy, and regulatory research, prepares white papers, and provides assistance and instructional services to justice, public safety, and homeland security agencies, particularly in digital evidence recovery, investigation, and prosecution.
Mr. Fitzsimmons is conducting a national research effort to determine the current capabilities of law enforcement to investigate crimes with digital evidence and make recommendations to decision-makers about resources to assist law enforcement. He also presents at conferences and trainings, participates on advisory committees and task forces, and supports agencies and jurisdictions as they create and implement effective procedures, practices, and technology applications that seek to combat high-tech crime and recover digital evidence.
Before joining SEARCH in 2012, Mr. Fitzsimmons worked for the National District Attorneys Association, where he was Senior Attorney for its National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse beginning in 2009. He responded to requests for assistance in child sexual exploitation cases from prosecutors and law enforcement around the United States, designed and presented training seminars, and published articles on emerging technological issues in child sexual exploitation. From 1998–2009, he was an assistant state’s attorney (ASA) in the State’s Attorney’s Offices for Kane and DuPage Counties, Illinois, where he prosecuted cases involving sexual exploitation and digital evidence. As an ASA for Kane County, he supervised the Special Prosecution Unit, responsible for investigating and prosecuting felony cases, including Internet crimes against children. He was also assigned to a Child Advocacy Center team that investigated and prosecuted cases of severe physical and sexual abuse against children, crimes of Internet solicitation of children, and child pornography. As an ASA for DuPage County, he worked in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau and the Felony Domestic Violence Unit.
Mr. Fitzsimmons frequently presents and teaches at international, national, and regional conferences, workshops, webinars, and training courses on digital evidence collection, computer forensics, crimes against children, cybercrime, and human trafficking. He has published articles on digital evidence authentication, computer forensics for prosecutors, child sexual exploitation, and more. In addition, he has drafted legislation that was signed into law in Illinois on several technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation issues from 2006–08.
Mr. Fitzsimmons was a member of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) National Strategy Working Group on Child Exploitation and co-chaired its Training Subcommittee. He also participated in the DOJ Office for Victims of Crime Working Group on Restitution for Victims of Child Pornography, the FBI Innocence Lost Working Group, and the Internet Child Exploitation Task Force. He has served as faculty of the National Children’s Advocacy Center, Huntsville, Alabama, and for the North-East Metropolitan Regional Training Center, Police Training, Aurora, Illinois.
Mr. Fitzsimmons is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University in Ohio.×
Mr. Phillip Bennie is the Laboratory and User Support Specialist for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. He provides support and maintenance for the mobile laboratories used by SEARCH’s High-Tech Crime Training Services team to provide onsite training to law enforcement investigators nationwide. He also supports staff needs relating to on-site and in-house computer technology, including training and technical assistance. His responsibilities include ongoing support, training, and management for organizational software, hardware, and automation equipment, including the local area network, and supporting online programs, such as training courses, webinars, and podcasts.
Mr. Bennie joined SEARCH in 2012. He previously worked for Core Care Computers, Inc. as an Apple Certified Repair Technician from 2009-2012, at Apple Computer, Inc., as an AppleCare Technician Support representative from 2007-2009, and as a contracted AppleCare Tier 1 support agent from 2006-2007. In these positions, he diagnosed and managed complex operational and safety issues on behalf of Apple customers and managers, providing technical support for Apple products, and helped train customer support agents. Before that, he worked at various companies in California and Arizona as a computer network technician beginning in 2003. He also worked for the Arizona Department of Corrections as a correctional officer at the Arizona State Prison Complex-SMUII, a super-maximum security facility.
Mr. Bennie has an Associates of Applied Science degree in Computer Network Systems from ITT Technical Institute and is an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician (ACMT). He is proficient in Microsoft applications, Microsoft and Apple operating systems, including Windows 9x, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Macintosh OS 9.x and OS X, and in major LAN/WAN protocols and configurations.×
Mr. Armstrong is a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist in the High-Tech Crime Training Services department of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he coordinates and provides training on high-tech crime investigations and forensics to local, state and federal justice agencies. He provides technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in active cases, prepares training curricula, teaches SEARCH investigative courses and speaks at conferences throughout the United States.
Before joining SEARCH in 2008, Mr. Armstrong was a System Specialist at Fox Valley Technical College, where he assisted with the management of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) International Database Network.
Mr. Armstrong retired from the San Diego (California) Police Department in 2006 after more than 27 years of service. When he retired, he was Lead Investigator for the ICAC grant in San Diego County. In this role, he was involved in both proactive and reactive investigations, forensic investigations, computer maintenance, office network and networking hardware, and grant financial planning. Immediately prior to his ICAC assignment, he spent 6-plus years as a Child Abuse Investigator, investigating every type of child abuse, up to and including child homicides. In 2007, Mr. Armstrong was the recipient of the United States Attorney General’s Special Commendation Award for a San Diego Police investigation.
Mr. Armstrong has taught numerous high-tech crime and law enforcement courses, to include Child Abuse Investigation, Sex Crimes Investigation, and Trends in High-tech Crime for universities, colleges in San Diego County, as well as the San Diego Police Department and the San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Academy.
Mr. Armstrong has earned certifications in White Collar Crime, Child Abuse Investigation, and Auto Theft Investigation from the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation (ICI), and is a certified Instructor from the ICI’s Instructor Development Institute. He attended National University, where he studied Administration of Justice; the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at Miramar Community College; City College of Chicago, where he became a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician; and Grossmont Community College, where he received his Associate’s degree. He served as a Military Police Officer in the U.S. Army, and after completion of Officer Candidate School, as an Officer in the California Army National Guard, Armor Branch.×
Mr. Lewis is a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist in the High-Tech Crime Training Services department of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he coordinates and provides training on high-tech crime investigations and digital forensics to local, state, and federal justice agencies. He provides technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in active cases, prepares training curricula, and speaks at conferences nationwide.
Before joining SEARCH in 2012, Mr. Lewis served for 23 years with the Lakewood (Colorado) Police Department, most recently as its Forensic Computer Analyst. He ran its forensic computer lab and was responsible for all aspects of digital evidence, from collection through analysis. He also was a Police Imaging and Technology Specialist, which involved analyzing images and creating imaging policies. He was a Police Photo Technician/Criminalist, operating and managing the department’s photo lab and conducting forensic imaging for its crime lab. He was also System Administrator of the department’s Mugshot System.
Mr. Lewis earned an associate’s degree in photography from Colorado Mountain College and a Computer Forensics Certificate from Marshall University (West Virginia). He is also a certified Instructor through the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (POST). He has undertaken multiple computer forensics trainings, including forensic photography and technology, crime scene investigation, digital imaging, electronic/digital examination, data recovery and analysis, and computer crime investigations.
Mr. Lewis has taught numerous Lakewood Police Academy classes and at the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy in the Crime Scene Investigators course series. He also has taught law enforcement video analysis courses at Central Piedmont Community College (North Carolina), teaches cellphone forensics at the University of Colorado in the Master’s Program for the National Center for Media Forensics, and is an adjunct instructor for the Computer Science Program at the Community College of Aurora (Colorado), teaching computer forensics.
Mr. Lewis has provided consulting and training to agencies nationwide on techniques and procedures for conventional and digital imaging and analysis. He is a frequently published author on computer and digital forensics topics, and has presented at conferences, cybercrime summits, and trainings held by forensic sciences, computer evidence, and identification organizations. He writes a Forensic Bytes column for Digital Forensic Investigator News. In addition, he has been a court-qualified expert in forensic photography, video analysis, and computer and cell phone analysis for district courts in Jefferson County, Colorado, since 2002.
Mr. Lewis is a member of the International Association for Identification (IAI); the National Technical Investigators Association (NATIA); and the Digital Evidence Committee of ASTM International, a global standards organization. He is Past President of the Colorado Association of Computer Crimes Investigators (CACCI). He is also an appointed member of the FBI’s Scientific Working Group for Digital Evidence (SWGDE), which fosters cooperation among law enforcement agencies and recommends national standards and procedures within the forensic community. He has served as its Vice-Chairman and has chaired its Forensic Committee.×
Ms. Elizabeth Tow is a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist in the High-Tech Crime Training Services department of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where she coordinates and provides training on high-tech crime investigations and forensics to local, state and federal justice and public safety agencies. She provides technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in active cases, prepares training curricula, teaches SEARCH investigative courses and speaks at conferences throughout the United States.
Before joining SEARCH in 2010, Ms. Tow spent five years in local law enforcement in two states, as a Public Safety Dispatcher for the Grass Valley (California) and Helena (Montana) Police Departments. She gained experience in curriculum development and training and Internet Crimes Against Children peer-to-peer investigations. She is a Certified Trainer in the California Law Enforcement Telecommunication System (CLETS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Incident Management System/Standardized Emergency Management System (NIMS/SEMS). She is a Peace Officer Standards and Training-certified Public Safety Dispatcher in both California and Montana, and has received POST training in such areas as law enforcement response to terrorism, child abduction intervention and resource training, and domestic violence and sexual assault for dispatchers.
While working for the Grass Valley Police Department, Ms. Tow served as the CLETS Operational Trainer, the Communications Center CLETS Coordinator, and the Communications Training Officer. She also served on the department’s Recruitment and Retention Committee and Organizational Excellence Committee, and was a member and agency representative to the California CLETS Users Group.
Ms. Tow has additional experience as a Finance Assistant and Parks and Recreation Supervisor with the City of Grass Valley, in addition to a great deal of conference and training-related experience in the private sector beef industry from 1988–2005. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute and University and also studied Animal Science at Montana State University. In 2013, she earned a Masters of Forensic Psychology from Argosy University.
Ms. Tow is a certified Instructor through the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation / Instructor Development Institute (ICI/IDI).×
Ms. Lauren Wagner is a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist in the High-Tech Crime Training Services department of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where she coordinates and provides training on high-tech crime investigations and forensics to local, state and federal justice and public safety agencies. She provides technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in active cases, prepares training curricula, teaches SEARCH investigative courses and speaks at conferences throughout the United States. She has also authored and coauthored various high-tech crime investigative guides, which have been published by SEARCH.
Ms. Wagner previously worked as a Research Analyst for SEARCH, focusing on research and development projects on integrated justice information systems planning and implementation using the Justice Information Exchange Model (JIEM™) tool. She also worked on managing the online state and local integration profiles as part of SEARCH’s justice and public safety Information Sharing Initiatives program.
Ms. Wagner first joined SEARCH in 2005 as a student intern. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Allegheny College, a master’s degree in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven (UNH), and a master’s certificate in Forensic Computer Investigation from UNH.
She also has her Network Plus Certification, and is a certified Instructor through the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation / Instructor Development Institute (ICI/IDI). In 2009, Ms. Wagner was awarded the California POST ICI Award for Excellence in Instruction. In 2011, she completed and was certified in the Intermediate Level (Level II) of the California POST IDI Master Instructor program. She then completed and was certified in the Advanced Instructor Development Level (Level III) of this Master Instructor program in 2012.×
Mr. Dean Chatfield is a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist in the High-Tech Crime Training Services department of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. He coordinates and provides training on digital evidence investigations and forensics to local, state, and federal justice agencies. He also provides technical assistance to justice agencies in active cases, prepares training curricula and other resource materials, teaches SEARCH investigative courses, and speaks at conferences throughout the United States.
Before joining SEARCH in 2013, Mr. Chatfield worked for the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) for 14 years, first as a computer crime specialist, then as a Supervisory Computer Crime Specialist. He presented basic and advanced cyber investigative and computer forensic courses to local, state, federal, military and international law enforcement agencies; researched computer forensics issues; and provided advice to law enforcement agencies in computer seizure and analysis. As Supervisor of the NW3C Computer Crime Section, he managed 26 computer crime specialists and 7 support staff and developed curriculum for 16 cyber and forensic courses. He researched existing and new technology to enhance the courses and managed software development of NW3C products, including PerpHound™. He was NCW3C’s liaison with Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit on various projects, including programming of MS COFEE versions 1.1.2 and 2.1 (Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor).
Mr. Chatfield has 25 years of experience in law enforcement. He was a Criminal Investigator for the Maricopa County (Arizona) Attorney’s Office for 13 years, where he conducted major felony investigations, including criminal enterprises, financial crimes, political corruption, and analysis of computers and computer-generated data. He also was Chief of the Mancos (Colorado) Police Department for 6 years, and began his law enforcement career as a Police Officer and Field Training Officer for the Phoenix (Arizona) Police Department.
Mr. Chatfield is a lifetime member of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS), a nonprofit organization of volunteer computer forensic professionals dedicated to training and certifying practitioners. He has served on its Board of Directors, as well as its elected President and Vice President. As an IACIS instructor for 5 years, he developed training courses on computer crime investigations and the methodology for seizing and analyzing computer-based evidence. He is a Board member of the American Society of Digital Forensics and eDiscovery (ASDFED) and has been an associate member of the Scientific Working Group for Digital Evidence (SWGDE) since 2005.
Mr. Chatfield was the first person certified as a Computer Forensics Expert by IACIS in 1992. He was selected to train the Commercial Crime Bureau of the Royal Hong Kong Police Force and NATO Intelligence organizations on computer forensics. He also represented state and local law enforcement on the NIST Computer Forensic Tool Testing committee.×