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Techno Security 2017 – San Antonio September 18th-20th

From the 18th to the 20th of September, the Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference will be taking place in San Antonio, Texas, USA. If there are any topics you’d particularly like to see covered, or any speakers you think we should interview, please let us know in the comments.

Forensic Focus readers can enjoy 30% off the price of registration using the code FOCUSTX17 on the Techno Security website – booking before the 31st July will give an added early bird discount as well. Identification (as well as proof of government status if applicable) will be required to pick up your badge when you arrive.

Below is an overview of the subjects and speakers that will be featured at Techno Security.

Monday September 18th

The conference will begin at midday and will be split into four tracks: Audit / Risk Management, Forensics, Information Security, and Investigations.

The first digital forensics session will talk about collaboration in investigations, while the security session will discuss compromised credentials and how to avoid this befalling your company. The early afternoon sessions will look at some new advances in digital forensic hardware, while Jeff Shackelford from PassMark Software will demonstrate RAM acquisition and analysis for beginners. Meanwhile, Paul Fletcher will discuss some potential cyber security threats and how they might be mitigated. Directly after this, Scott Gordon of RiskIQ will take a similar approach to digital threats more generally, including social and mobile considerations and how to respond to these.

Social media will be the next topic of the day, with Kahrrman Ziegenbein demonstrating how to discover exculpatory evidence. Meanwhile Cellebrite will lead a session concerned with current trends in digital forensics, followed by an interesting discussion entitled “Security Tools You Probably Have But Are Not Using”, by Troy Bettencourt and Kevin Strickland from SecureWorks.

Tuesday September 19th

Kicking off Tuesday’s sessions will be Robert Decicco’s discussion of tying real-world events to activity found in electronically stored information. This will be followed by a look at the future of authentication, with a particular emphasis on the field of biometrics and its implications for forensics and security.

Nicola Chemello from Securcube will then look at cell tower data in forensic investigations, and this will be followed by a session on intelligent password recovery by Rick Redman from KoreLogic. Detective Ed Michael of the Orlando PD will use the case study of the Pulse night club tragedy to look at how evidence can and should be collected from a mass crime scene.

Ransomware is a topic that has been in the news a lot this year, so it is only right that it should be a focus of the conference: James Mellis will take a look at risk mitigation and disaster recovery in the session before lunch. Following lunch, Zach Artz from Whooster will show the audience how to interpret the results of investigative database discoveries, and Jessica Hyde from Magnet Forensics will talk about how to make the Internet of Things relevant to digital forensic investigations.

A team from 4Discovery will then describe their research, which uncovered data from 500 ‘zombie’ phones, which had been sent to landfill. Following this, Kipp Loving from MSAB will demonstrate XRY’s abilities with mobile and car forensics, and then speakers from Guidance Software will discuss ‘The New Digital Investigation’, looking at the complexity of present-day investigations and the numerous data sources involved in most cases.

Rounding off the day will be Stephen Arnold of ArnoldIT, who will show attendees the basics of dark web investigative techniques.

The remainder of the programme has yet to be finalised – keep an eye on the Techno Security website for more details! If there are any topics you would particularly like to see covered in-depth, or if there are any speakers you would like to see interviewed, please leave a comment below or email scar@forensicfocus.com with suggestions.

Forensic Focus readers can enjoy 30% off the price of registration using the code FOCUSTX17 on the Techno Security website – booking before the 31st July will give an added early bird discount as well. Identification (as well as proof of government status if applicable) will be required to pick up your badge when you arrive.

About scar

Scar de Courcier is an assistant editor at Forensic Focus.

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