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from the editor
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. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that as I was editing
this issue of DFI News I noticed a theme appearing across most the articles. It wasn’t a theme I had neces-
sarily planned to focus on in this issue, but yet there it was, a consistent focus on the need for education.
In my interview with audio forensic expert Ed Primeau, he commented on the need for formal training
in today’s professional climate.
“I had the ability to learn from my peers and other mentors in the industry. Over the years I learned
from experience, as the technology changed,” he said “but today, the only sources for knowledge and edu-
cation are [universities and training programs].”
In his article on “Professional Ethics in the Digital
Forensics Discipline,” Sean Harrington notes that “until
and unless digital forensics curricula uniformly implement
ethics training on par with technical training, and unless
new entrants to the profession are required to demonstrate
competency in the topic of ethics (such as by written exam-
ination), cyber forensics examiners will remain ill-prepared
In addition to an increasing number of degree programs and degreed practitioners in the field, there are
a great number of training programs and continuing education opportunities. Heather Mahalik, a certified
instructor for the SANS Institute, discusses the importance of these programs in her article, “Achieving
Advanced Smartphone and Mobile Device Forensics”.
“The mobile device industry is evolving very quickly. To stay current on the latest devices and the
proper techniques for acquiring and analyzing data, smartphone and mobile device forensic analysis train-
ing courses are becoming more and more necessary,” Mahalik says. “These courses aren’t limited to law
enforcement either. Courses are available for those who work in IT and believe corporate information may
have been compromised by an employee or those proactively looking to secure a device.”
It was interesting to see that even in upgrading a facility to reach ASCLD/LAB accreditation, the issue
of training space came up. In our article on Walmart’s E-Discovery and Forensic Services Laboratory, Ken
Mohr and Larry Depew go out of their way to mention training spaces within the lab.
“Conference rooms and training rooms are at a premium and shared with other units, but are carefully
managed to ensure that training is afforded on a regular basis,” they write.
Clearly each one of you is making an effort to stay on top of industry changes, or you wouldn’t be reading this magazine now. This and other publications, webinars, industry conferences, and other educational
events all provide ways to keep abreast of the ever changing digital forensics landscape. So read, enjoy, and
let us know what else you would like to learn about.
– Rebecca Waters
Continuing Education in Digital
I had the ability to learn from
my peers and other mentors in