AIDE to hold third annual conference to be held in May

By Kyla Asbury | Apr 13, 2012


HUNTINGTON – The Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence is having its third annual conference in May to discuss the changing and evolving field of digital evidence.

The third annual conference will be held from May 21 to May 25 at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center in Huntington and is open to anyone who would like to attend. The cost is $50.

Jill McIntyre, an attorney at Jackson Kelly in Charleston who is over the Electronic Discovery division of AIDE, said there will be two major topics being discussed at this year's conference.

"This year we are bringing in Craig Ball, who is a lawyer and a forensics expert from Texas," McIntyre said. "We will also be having a multidisciplinary panel presentation on cybercrime and we will be discussing the hacker named Sabu."

McIntyre said Ball will discuss visual presentation tools and techniques to enhance retention and comprehension of computer forensic evidence by courts and jurors.

Sabu, who was apprehended in July 2011 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation after hacking into websites such as the CIA, Fox, Sony and several financial institutions, caused damages estimated in the billions worldwide. His apprehension was not made public until March, after he revealed the identities of five other hackers who were then arrested.

The Digital Forensics division will begin on May 21 and will last throughout the week with a short course followed by certification testing and advanced digital forensics and courtroom testimony coursework.

The Information Security division will be held on May 24 and 25 and will include a live hacking event and competition on how to compromise and hold a network, and highly advanced coursework on network security.

The Law/Electronic Discovery division will be held on May 24 and 25 and will include information security for lawyers and discussions on current issues, including dealing with backup tapes and other electronic searches.

McIntyre said they expect to have 75 to 100 people attending the conference this year.

"We hope to see a lot of people this year," she said. "I think the cybercrime conference will have widespread appeal, as well as many of the other speakers and panels. There are a lot of great keynote speakers and topics that will be discussed."

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