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2016 Forensic 4:cast Awards – Nominations are Open

Nominations are open for the 2016 Forensic 4:cast Awards. Did someone or something stick out to you as being particularly great in the field of digital forensics in 2015? Were you dazzled by some software that helped you through a difficult case? If so, here is the place to thank them. You can post your…
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The Human Cost

The US Cybercrime Conference was cancelled last week. My personal feelings about their timing aside, I’ve decided to go ahead and publish my presentation for anyone to watch.

Lessons from the SANS #DFIRSummit 2015

Last week I had the opportunity to go to the SANS DFIR Summit in Austin, TX. I go to this event every year because a) the high quality of the speakers and the presentations, and b) the size of the conference makes it comfortable and intimate. This year felt like the best year yet. Every…
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Comey Island

FBI director, James Comey has recently been testifying before various Senate committees that encryption should be significantly weakened so that we can battle terrorist threats. Well, that isn’t exactly what he’s saying, at least not according to him, it just happens to be the eventual outcome of what he’s asking. Across the Atlantic the UK Prime…
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Digital Forensics vs. Data Extraction

After a year of open submissions for future editions of the Forensic 4:mag I’ve decided to give up and move on. Before I do, however, I wanted to post this article submission by Patrick Siewert. Originally he submitted this for printing in the next issue but has agreed to allow me to publish it here instead.…
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Awards Badges

Last year I had a request to create an awards badge that people could use on their website, email signature, etc. I created a single one that just said “winner” at the top. This year I’ve gone further and created a badge for each category. If you’re a winner in this year’s awards then please…
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Forensic 4:cast Awards 2015 – Results

This year’s Forensic 4:cast Awards were held on Tuesday July 7, 2015. The awards were hosted, as always, by SANS at their DFIR Summit. We are grateful for their hosting of the awards and for everyone’s participation. This year we had over 10,000 votes, that is the most we’ve ever had for a single year…
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Forensic 4:cast Awards – Video

Last night we held the 2015 Forensic 4:cast Awards. SANS were kind enough to record the event and provide a copy of the video for your viewing pleasure.

Voting Closing Date

Several people have pointed out that I’ve not included a deadline for the voting in the 2015 Forensic 4:cast Awards. It looks like everyone is anxious to know when the voting will be over so they can get every potential vote in. With that in mind I’m announcing that voting for the awards will close…
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My car radio doesn’t work. I bought a bluetooth stereo a year ago but never got around to purchasing the adapter for the antenna. This means that I can’t listen to the radio at all during my commute to work or while traveling to various on-site engagements. Instead I listen to audiobooks and podcasts. One…
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