Digital Forensics Magazine June 2012 Newsletter
The Latest News and Offerings from the DFM Team

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Welcome to the June edition of the Digital Forensics Magazine Newsletter, bringing you a quick update on the magazine and the industry while we work on Issue 12.

In this months newsletter we bring you details of changes at DFMag, the latest news, an update about EnCase App Central and more!

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/In The News

DTI Expands Forensics Capabilities With the Acquisition of Data Forte

DTI, a private independent provider of discovery services, facilities management, and knowledge solutions, today announced the acquisition of California-based Data Forte, a leading provider of pre-litigation consulting and data forensics. With this acquisition, DTI gains a team of certified forensic consultants who bring deep forensic analysis expertise serving both law firms and corporations.

Data Forte's president, Peter Garza, will become DTI's new Forensic Managing Director of the West. Garza served as a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) until 1999, and thereafter founded EvidentData, which specialized in computer forensics consulting and data acquisition and processing. Garza then started Data Forte in 2009 and built a strong reputation for forensic analysis and expert witness testimony.

Garza commented, "Data Forte's team of forensic experts, coupled with DTI's eDiscovery and Managed Document Review services, will enable DTI to provide litigation case teams with discovery experts from the onset of potential litigation through trial."

"Data Forte provides us deeper forensic services capabilities for our clients to access -- we are thrilled to have Data Forte as part of the DTI family," said John Davenport Jr., CEO of DTI. "Data Forte and other recent strategic acquisitions enable us to provide the type of fully integrated service offerings that our clients are asking of us."

Since its founding in 1998, DTI has expanded into major markets throughout the United States and has grown to become one of the premier providers of document services, including discovery, management, and knowledge solutions for law firms and corporations nationwide. For more information, please visit .

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Professional training essential for developing a forensic readiness policy

Alan Calder, CEO of IT Governance, says, 'Digital forensics readiness is essential for any company with a cyber-presence - combating cybercrime requires every organisation to have a basic in-house first-response cyber forensics capability.'

The Digital Forensics Foundation training course, presented by a qualified Computer Forensics specialist and Expert Witness, is designed to deliver a comprehensive introduction to digital forensics and help delegates develop an effective forensic readiness plan for their organisation.

One previous delegate commented, 'An excellent introduction for the time period. Good to have insight from someone who is a practitioner.'

The adoption of a forensic readiness policy is now a mandatory requirement of the Security Policy Framework (SPF) of all UK government departments (HMG Security Policy Framework v.4.0, May 2010). Professionals working for companies that are suppliers to UK national or local government may also require a forensic readiness policy.

The Digital Forensics Foundation training course covers issues such as defining a strategy, identifying responsibilities and putting the required arrangements in place. It provides critical advice to enable organisations to fulfill the Cabinet Office 'minimum mandatory measures' requirement to have a 'forensic readiness policy'. Find out more about the course here

The Digital Forensics Foundation training course will teach delegates how to minimise the risk of data loss without necessarily spending thousands on technology. The course will enable them to implement practical solutions in order to prevent both accidental and deliberate data security breaches.

This Digital Forensics Foundation training course is particularly suitable for IT Directors and CISOs through to IT Managers. People in these roles need to understand the basics of digital forensics as a discipline and to have an instructive overview of the types of information which can be found on computers, mobile phones and other forms of digital media.

The “Shot Heard ‘Round the Cyber World” – US Involvement in Stuxnet Throws Some Cold Water on the Flame’s 15 minutes of Fame

With the Flame virus revealed to the masses a little over a week ago, once again the world’s attention got shifted to the delicate balance that is our collective cyber frontier. One would think the over-hyped conversation about the “biggest and nastiest” cyber attack ever devised would be the focus of every water-cooler pow-wow held amongst industry leaders in the cyber security, computer forensics and cyber warfare arenas for the foreseeable future. But don’t count Joe Caruso, CEO/CTO of Global Digital Forensics among them, because to him, the real shot heard ‘round the cyber world came after the Flame was exposed. It came in the form of an explosive article by David Sanger published on June 1st in the New York Times titled “Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran.”

“Make no mistake about it, the revelation of the Flame virus is definitely an issue to study, absorb and take a great many lessons from, but at the end of the day, it’s not really doing anything mind-bending that hasn’t been done before. It is a clever module-based system that lets the controller incorporate a slew of different types of reconnaissance malware into one command and control toolkit if you will. But switching on audio mics, taking screenshots, sniffing networks, intercepting keystrokes, scanning for nearby Bluetooth devices to infect and the like are all just like malware already “in the wild” which we deal with on a daily basis. The sheer size of this colossus also strikes one as odd. After all, stealth and covert operation are the best friends of a malware designer, or designers, for a truly sophisticated and successful attack. But in the case of the Flame, it’s a little like hoping the baby elephant you’re trying to hide in first class will go unnoticed for the whole flight. Eventually someone’s going to detect the scent, take a good look around, and the jig is up.”

Read on at Digital Journal

/Announcement from Guidance Software

EnCase App Central

EnCase App Central Developer Network

Are you an EnScript developer looking for a way to share your work with the forensic community? Are you a solution provider who has discovered the benefit of integrating your solution with EnCase? Do want to get your work into the hands of forensic professionals and get rewarded by doing so? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then joining the EnCase App Central Developer Network is the right thing for you.

Bringing together the over 40,000 EnCase users worldwide and the elite EnScript developers, EnCase App Central will be the one-stop-shop for all things EnCase. Set to launch in the fall of 2012, we are seeking the best and the brightest to join the EnCase App Central Developer Network.

By applying and being accepted into the EnCase App Central Developer Network, you will be able to upload and sell your apps through EnCase App Central.

The developers of the first 50 EnScript apps submitted to EnCase App Central will receive 90% of their apps sales revenue. That is a 20% bonus over the standard revenue split.

Don’t delay. Join Today!

/From the DFM Team

Get Involved!

Do you have an interesting and informative article that you think our readers would like to read?

Whether you are a researcher, student, academic or practitioner in Digtial Forensics, we would love to hear about your work. One of the key aims of Digital Forensics Magazine is to bridge the gap between the researcher and the practitioner. Whether its a case study, piece of cutting edge research or a new forensic tool or technique, you can guarantee that your fellow Digital Forensic peers will want to hear about it.

If you would like to submit an article to DFM, send us an email with the 250-word abstract, or visit our submissions page.

Bloggers Wanted!

Are you currently conducting an interesting piece of research?

Do you regularly review new forensic tools and technologies?

If so, then you are just the person we need!

We are currently recruiting a new team of Bloggers to enrich the Digital Forensic Magazine Blog.

If you would like to be considered as a contributor to the Blog, please email us with your name, your blog topic title and a 100-word abstract. We will then contact you if we like the sound of your submission!

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/Notices From Digital Forensics Magazine

Library Subscription Issues

It has been brough to our attention recently that there is an issue with the library subscription payment service, namely to do with PayPal accounts and debit/credit card payments. We are currently working to rectify the issue and will send out further updates as soon as we know more.

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