AITP to Host Free Digital Forensics Workshop Sept. 19th

Hands-on lab to provide overview and understanding of software and tools

Kent State University at Ashtabula’s Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) student organization together with Northeast Ohio AITP will host a Digital Forensics Workshop Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Main Hall Room A223.  The workshop is free and open to the public.

The hands-on workshop will show participants how to use digital forensics software to answer questions such as:

  • Can a deleted file be restored?
  • What information is stored in file metadata?
  • What is file slack and how is it used in forensic investigations?
  • What evidence of past activity can be found on a hard drive?
  • Can content be hidden in an existing file?

The workshop is aimed at current and future information technology professionals, but those with an interest in learning about digital forensics and some of the tools used in investigations are welcome to attend.  

“For security reasons, it's important for IT staff to have a general understanding of information that is stored on a digital device -- even if it's deleted,” said Carolyn Carvalho, Information Technology Senior Lecturer and AITP advisor.  “Every time a user touches a system, evidence of their presence is left and a skilled forensic investigator can trace it back to them. Knowing where and when these evidence artifacts are left on the system enables those responsible for securing IT devices and networks to know where vulnerabilities may lie. Digital forensics delves deep into how an operating system works to determine the artifacts or ‘fingerprints’ left behind by a perpetrator. This depth of understanding will set apart any network, system, or security engineer from their peers.”

Irene Edge, Emeritus Professor of Computer Technology at Kent State, will be the featured presenter.  She has over 35 years of experience teaching computer hardware, operating systems, programming language, network security and digital forensics.
Space is limited and registration is required by September 16.  Email Carvalho at ccarvalh@kent.edu to reserve your seat. 

“In this era of cybercrime and cyberwarfare, the IT fields and salaries of digital forensics and cybersecurity are rapidly growing,” Carvalho said. “Major cybersecurity consulting firms, military, law enforcement and government have needs for dedicated personnel to deploy in the event of a cyber-intrusion and cannot get enough well-trained people in this field.”

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POSTED: Monday, September 9, 2019 - 4:23pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 9, 2019 - 4:23pm
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