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bigstock-Keyboard-with-Social-Media-But-44729515-d4a345ca11b2cd55943f82714b6fc10a-832.2x300-100-cropApril 13, 2014:  BitSec Global Forensics releases free “Social Media Search” bar allowing visitors to search popular social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram and LinkedIn from one location.    Tips are provided to help visitors improve their searches and refine search results.    

Interested in learning about social media investigations?   BitSec is also pleased to announce that its latest course addition, Social Media Collection and Analysis, will be offered at Guidance Software facilities in Pasadena, California; Dulles, Virginia; and Slough England.  Ken Basore, Sr. Vice President at Guidance Software said, “BitSec having the ability to present their classes at Guidance Software facilities worldwide is a natural extension of a successful partnership that spans years of providing the best in cyber investigations training to our customers.”      Participants can choose from one of our scheduled courses or contact BitSec to discuss holding the course at their location at a time convenient to them. 

Conduct a Social Search | Learn more about Social Media Collection and Analysis Training | Contact BitSec


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Last week, BitSec’s Mike Webber had the opportunity to speak to a group of prosecutors and judges from the Philippines.  The event, titled Prosecuting Terrorism and Organized Crime in the Philippines was hosted by the U.S. State Department and the University of Maryland’s Center for Homeland Security.   Mike addressed issues surrounding the use of technology by terrorists and terrorist organizations.   Other speakers included representatives from federal law enforcement, the Judicial branch, the Justice Department, and other subject matter experts.


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Contact a BitSec Global Forensics™ sales professional toll free at (877) 272-1417 or by email at info(at)bitsecforensics(dot)com to discuss how BitSec utilizes Nuix in its E-Discovery and Forensic practice or to arrange a demo and sales quote.   {more}

Nuix has launched two new products: a Nuix Investigator bundle and Nuix Investigator Lab. Both incorporate Nuix’s powerful, reliable data collection, processing and investigation capabilities and are available at heavily reduced pricing for law enforcement and government investigative agencies in North America, the United Kingdom and the EMEA region.

The Nuix Investigator bundle is an entry-level product designed to provide a complete and affordable set of evidence collection, processing and analytics capabilities for a single investigator or small team.

Nuix Investigator Lab is for agencies looking to set up a dedicated facility that can rapidly ingest and process terabytes of evidence per day and make it available for timely analysis. It enables up to five investigators or subject matter experts simultaneously to collaborate on an investigation with secure remote access. It includes portable and network collection functionality, a separate Nuix Investigator license for a laptop or desktop PC and two days of training.

“Nuix continues to invest in development so we can create innovative products that empower the law enforcement and government communities to find critical facts fast within large and complex sets of electronic evidence,” said Dr. James Kent, Nuix’s Head of Investigations and CEO, EMEA.

“With a Nuix lab, agencies can dial-in groups of people from different disciplines, including lawyers and subject matter experts, to collaborate on an investigation. Our portable collection capability means an investigator can go onsite to collect evidence, analyse the data in the field or bring it back to the office and seamlessly merge it into a larger case.”

Investigative agencies and police forces currently using Nuix include Beijing Police, the European Union Directorate General for Competition, the German Federal Police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Shanghai Police, the Swiss Federal Police, the United Kingdom Serious Fraud Office and Financial Services Authority and the United States Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS publicly recognised Nuix as the only technology that could process for investigation at least two terabytes of digital evidence per day.

“We hope that by making these powerful capabilities more affordable, we can help investigators solve more crimes and make inroads into their case backlogs,” said Kent.

To learn more about Nuix’s new Investigator products, visit nuix.com/InvestigatorLE.

Nuix Investigator

- One license for up to four processor cores in a single PC
– Nuix Visual Analytics
– One Nuix Collector Portable license
– US$3,500 plus 25% annual maintenance*
– Available on the GSA Schedule

* Exclusively for government investigation and law enforcement agencies in North America and UK/EMEA

Nuix Investigator Lab

- One license for up to 16 processor cores in a single server
– Nuix Visual Analytics
– Five review and export licenses
– Five Nuix Collector Portable licenses
– Five Nuix Network Collector licenses
– One separate Nuix Investigator license for a laptop or desktop PC
– Two days Nuix lab training
– Price on application
– Available on the GSA Schedule

About Nuix

Nuix (www.nuix.com) is a worldwide provider of information management technologies, including eDiscovery, electronic investigation and information governance software. Nuix customers include the world’s leading advisory firms, litigation support providers, enterprises, government departments, law enforcement agencies, and all of the world’s major corporate regulatory bodies.

About BitSec Global Forensics

BitSec Global Forensics™ has utilized Nuix in it’s e-discovery and forensic process since 2010.  In 2012 BitSec became a Nuix re-seller.  Founded in 2005, BitSec  is a worldwide leader in digital forensics, electronic discovery, data breach investigations, and training.  BitSec’s founders and consultants, many of whom maintain active national security clearances, include former information security experts and computer forensic specialists for the United States Government, as well as local and state law enforcement, academia, and leaders in the field of computer forensics.  In addition to offering professional services, BitSec develops discreet and confidential, mission specific, information security and forensic training.  BitSec’s cyber security curriculum is used to train international, federal and state investigative agencies, as well as major corporate Fortune 500 companies.


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Nearly 300 people joined us for our presentation on Memory Forensics last week at Guidance Software’s annual CEIC conference. Unable to attend? Join us next week in Mrytle Beach at the Techno Security and Forensics Conference in Myrtle Beach. Stop by our booth or join us for one of our 3 presentations on Memory Forensics or Google for Investigators.

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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – The family of Nichole Cable, a 15 year old Glenburn girl missing since Sunday, believes someone created a fake Facebook account to contact their daughter before she disappeared. 

The account, created using the name Bryan Butterfield, has since been deactivated, but that does not mean investigators searching for the teen cannot use technology to help find clues to her whereabouts.

“Just because the account is no longer accessible publicly, whether it has been truly deleted or simply disabled by the user, that’s not to say law enforcement can’t access that information, just not as quickly,” explained Mike Webber, a former police officer who served on Maine’s Computer Crimes Task Force. 

“They can either collect what is publicly available that hasn’t been locked down by the user, or with the credentials, they can look at the private data as well, messages and things like that,” he added.

He says most everything people post on the internet is written in pen, and is very hard to completely erase.

“Every piece that is posted, whether it is a picture or a status update or anything like that, something that is shared or liked, all of that is recorded and law enforcement and corporate investigators as well are frequently collecting that data and using it for investigations,” he said.  “A picture that is posted, for example, may have embedded data that says the photo was taken at a specific latitude and longitude and a specific time using this sort of camera.  There is a real wealth of information that’s available.”

And that information is not just gathered on social media websites, but by most websites people visit on their computer or mobile devices.

“You’re leaving footprints, if you will, behind all over the place, not only on the device that you are using – whether it is your phone, or your tablet or your computer – but on that remote server where that website is hosted, be it the Boston Globe, or Facebook, or any other public website,” he stated.  “You are leaving behind information that could be used to track you back to your location, which is your IP address, the type of browser you are using, the type of operating system that you are using, the resolution on your computer monitor and more.”

He says investigators looking for Nichole Cable will search sites beyond Facebook to try to identify other identities that may be in play.

He suggests parents talk with their kids about their activity on line and says we all should exercise caution when interacting with people we don’t know, and should take steps to verify the people we think we are in contact with really are who they say they are.

About BitSec: Founded in 2005, BitSec Global Forensics™ is a worldwide leader in digital forensics, electronic discovery, data breach investigations, and training.  BitSec’s founders and consultants, many of whom maintain active national security clearances, include former information security experts and computer forensic specialists for the United States Government, as well as local and state law enforcement, academia, and leaders in the field of computer forensics.  In addition to offering professional services, BitSec develops discreet and confidential, mission specific, information security and forensic training.  BitSec’s cybersecurity y curriculum is used to train international, federal and state investigative agencies, as well as major corporate Fortune 500 companies.

 


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Mike Webber, BitSec’s Senior VP of Technology, spoke yesterday at the monthly meeting of the Boston Chapter of Women in E-Discovery.  He discussed the role of Social Media in litigation and electronic discovery.

According to Webber, “Social Media cannot be ignored in litigation.  Just as teletypes were to written letters – faxes were to teletypes – and email was to faxes, Social media is just the latest evolution in communication mediums.    It’s another form of electronically stored information (ESI) and is not immune from discovery.   60% of Americans have at least one social media profile; 40% of all smartphone users check their social media accounts at least once a day; and 55+ is the fastest growing age group in Social Media.  It should be no surprise that social media content is finding its way into the courtroom more and more often.  Just as email requests have become routine, so to will requests for social media content.”

BitSec offers a full range of defensible social media discovery services, including identifying use of social media, collection, culling and filtering, and production.  BitSec has flat rated collection to make it easier to predict costs. For a copy of the presentation or to discuss BitSec’s social media discovery services, contact info(at)bitsecforensics.com or call (877)-272-1417.

About WiE: Women in e-Discovery (WiE) is a pioneering organization that primarily provides educational opportunities regarding technology in the legal industry to its members. The organization offers networking and leadership avenues, promotes personal and professional growth of women, and donates mentoring and charitable contributions to its communities. WiE incorporates a broad network of women volunteers who uplift and support each other and work together to recognize and honor each other’s achievements as women. WiE is comprised of professionals within the legal industry including attorneys, litigation support professionals, paralegals, legal IT staff, court reporters, consultants, recruiters and vendors.

About BitSec: Founded in 2005, BitSec Global Forensics™ is a worldwide leader in digital forensics, electronic discovery, data breach investigations, and training.  BitSec’s founders and consultants, many of whom maintain active national security clearances, include former information security experts and computer forensic specialists for the United States Government, as well as local and state law enforcement, academia, and leaders in the field of computer forensics.  In addition to offering professional services, BitSec develops discreet and confidential, mission specific, information security and forensic training.  BitSec’s cybersecurity y curriculum is used to train international, federal and state investigative agencies, as well as major corporate Fortune 500 companies.

 


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Over 500 law enforcement officers and prosecutors attended the second annual National Cyber Crime Conference this week in Norwood, MA.  The conference is hosted by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley in partnership with Microsoft, the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute, the National White Collar Crime Center and SEARCH.  BitSec Global Forensics™ co-sponsored the event providing each participant a USB thumb drive containing conference materials.

On Monday, BitSec’s Sr. VP of Technology Mike Webber facilitated two lab sessions titled “Google for Investigators”.    Google for Investigators was designed by BitSec  to enable investigators to leverage the advanced search features of Google to find relevant data in a more timely and efficient fashion.  As was the case in 2012, both lab sessions reached capacity quickly during the registration process.    The presentation concluded with a hands-on scenario in which Webber led participants through a search for social media content believed to have been posted by one of the Boston bombing suspects.

Also presenting at the conference were representatives from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, local and State police, the Massachusetts judicial branch and industry leaders in digital forensics and cyber crime investigations.  Attendees included law enforcement officers from around the U.S. and as far away as Puerto Rico.  The vendor area included best of bread solutions in cell phone forensics, forensic software and imaging devices, and academia.  

About BitSec Global Forensics

In addition to providing professional digital forensic services for law firms, Fortune 500 companies,  and the government agencies, BitSec Global Forensics provides mission specific, scenario based, on-site CPE accredited training for digital forensic examiners, investigative personnel, litigation support professionals, and others involved in the collection and analysis of digital evidence.   Whether your mission is investigating loss of intellectual property, responding to a data breach,  or investigating Internet crimes against children, BitSec will create a custom training program to fit your unique needs.   BitSec also provides certified training and single source product solutions from EnCase, Nuix, HBGary, F-Response and other industry leaders.  Click HERE to learn why the United States Government, as well as major Fortune 500 Corporations, entrust in BitSec to provide discreet and confidential on-site and up to date information security and digital forensic training.


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National Cyber Crime Conference in Norwood, Massachusetts Remains Scheduled

Despite the recent tragedy in Boston, the second annual National Cyber Crime Conference will still be held in Norwood, MA next week.  The conference is hosted by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley in partnership with Microsoft, the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute, the National White Collar Crime Center and SEARCH.    

On Tuesday April 16, 2013 MA Attorney General Martha Coakley said this on the attacks at the Boston Marathon: “This is an unconscionable tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to all victims and their families.  Thank you to all first responders for their brave efforts to help the injured and secure the area. All local, state and federal law enforcement partners stand in solidarity in our resolve to find those responsible for this horrific attack and bring them to justice.”

About the Conference

The Attorney General invites the law enforcement community to join us for low-cost training in digital forensics and cyber crime.  Hear some of the most well-recognized prosecutors, investigators, and digital forensic experts from across the country discuss the latest and most important legal and technical topics in the field. The conference will feature three tracks of instruction: a track for prosecutors, a track for investigators and a track for digital evidence forensic examiners.  Each track will have multiple breakout sessions featuring instruction from nationally recognized experts in the field of cyber crime.  Participants will be provided with an opportunity to receive hands-on instruction.”  (conference website)

BitSec Global Forensics™ Sr. VP of Technology Mike Webber, will be leading two lab sessions titled “Google for Investigators”.   Google for Investigators was designed by BitSec  to enable investigators to leverage the advanced search features of Google to find relevant data in a more timely and efficient fashion.    Participants will learn to design meaningful search terms and target specific regions, sites, time frames, and data stores using advanced operators and filters.  As was the case in 2012, both lab sessions reached capacity quickly during the registration process.

According to Webber, “Nearly every crime today has the potential for digital evidence to play a role.   For law enforcement officers to stay abreast of technology and to be able to solve crime, they must regularly attend cyber crime training.  The Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General has once again helped to fulfill this need by providing an opportunity for law enforcement officers across the country to receive cutting-edge training at a nominal costLast years conference was one of the most well organized conferences we’ve attended and featured speakers who are global leaders in the field of digital forensics.  We are thrilled to once again be a part of this amazing event and to support not only the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General and regional law enforcement, but law enforcement across the United States.

BitSec will host a booth in the vendor area and has sponsored the conference by providing USB thumb drives for each participant.  Attendees can visit designated workstations to download copies of conference materials and presentations to the USB drive.  Download the program agenda HERE.

About BitSec Global Forensics

BitSec Global Forensics provides mission specific, scenario based, on-site CPE accredited training for digital forensic examiners, investigative personnel, litigation support professionals, and others involved in the collection and analysis of digital evidence.   Whether your mission is investigating loss of intellectual property, responding to a data breach,  or investigating Internet crimes against children, BitSec will create a custom training program to fit your unique needs.   BitSec also provides certified training and single source product solutions from EnCase, Nuix, HBGary, F-Response and other industry leaders.  Visit www.bitsecforensics.com to learn why the United States Government, as well as major Fortune 500 Corporations, entrust in BitSec to provide discreet and confidential on-site and up to date information security and digital forensic training. 

 

 

 

 

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Mike Webber, BitSec Global Forensics™ Senior Vice President of Technology, spoke today at the 26th annual FISSEA  (Federal Information Systems Security Educators Association) conference held at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland.   The conference, titled “Making Connections in Cybersecurity and Information Security Education” featured speakers from both Government and industry including representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, NSA, Cisco, Raytheon, the Department of Energy, NASA, the MITRE Corporation, NIST and others. 

Webber co-presented with Janet Wilson, Program Manager, C2 Technologies.    The two focused on phishing attacks and social engineering targeting the U.S. Government.  The presentation included case studies and profiles of present-day attack vectors.    The pair also discussed strategies to educate users continually to protect themselves and their organizations. 

About FISSEA: The Federal Information Systems Security Educators’ Association (FISSEA), founded in 1987, is an organization run by and for information systems security professionals to assist federal agencies in meeting their information systems security awareness, training, education, and certification responsibilities. FISSEA became a NIST program under the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) in March 2011. FISSEA conducts an annual fee-based conference and free workshops during the year.

About BitSec: Founded in 2005, BitSec is a worldwide leader in computer forensics and information security training. BitSec provides immediate and discreet services to federal and state investigative agencies as well as law firms and major corporate Fortune 500 companies in need of e-discovery and computer forensic services, data breach investigations, and cutting edge cyber training.

BitSec Global Forensics founders and consultants have included former information security experts and computer forensic specialists for the United States Government, as well as local and state law enforcement, academia, and leaders in the field of computer forensics.  Many maintain active U.S. national security clearances.


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BitSec Global Forensics™ is pleased to announce the addition of two additional EnCase® training courses to its’ 2013 schedule.   Both courses will be held at the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General 1 Ashburton Place Boston, MA.  These courses are not restricted to law enforcement.

The first of the two courses is  EnCase V7 Transition and will be  held July 23-25, 2013.  This hands-on course involves practical exercises and real-life simulations in the use of EnCase Forensic version 7 (EnCase v7). The class is designed to assist those current EnCase Forensic users who have previously attended the EnCase Computer Forensics II course and are interested in transitioning to EnCase v7. The class provides participants with an understanding of the new EnCase v7 interface and the differences between version 7 and previous versions of EnCase Forensic, including the Case Creation process, Evidence Processor, Case Review Package, and the new hash analysis module. The course will provide the participant with the skills necessary to transition from a previous version of EnCase Forensic to the new version 7 product.  Tuition is $,1999.

The second of the two courses is  Encase V7 Macintosh / Linux Investigations and will be held September 24-27. 2013.   We provided this course earlier this year with rave reviews. This Expert Series course makes a departure from the world of Microsoft Windows. It capitalizes on the similarity of Mac OS X and Linux and brings the examination of the two operating systems together. Notwithstanding the dual nature of the course, its prime focus is on Macintosh examinations. This takes into account the fact that most retail computer systems are either IBM PC-compatible machines running Windows or else Macs – few retail systems come with Linux pre-installed. The other reason for concentrating on Macs is that the restriction of running Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware has resulted in the average examiner having less knowledge of Mac OS X that they do on Linux.  Tuition is $2,500.

To register for the course visit http://www.bitsecglobalforensics.com/training/register-for-course/.  You can also register via email at info(at)bitsecforensics(dot)com or by phone at (877)272-1417.

BitSec is one of a select few training partners authorized to deliver this course. Mike Fowler, Senior Director at Guidance Software, Inc. said: “BitSec Forensics was a natural selection as a Guidance Software training partner. Their years of experience in the forensic training and digital investigations arenas offer students a training experience built upon practical application.”

About BitSec: Founded in 2005, BitSec Global Forensics™ is a worldwide leader in digital forensics, electronic discovery, data breach investigations, and training.  BitSec’s founders and consultants, many of whom maintain active national security clearances, include former information security experts and computer forensic specialists for the United States Government, as well as local and state law enforcement, academia, and leaders in the field of computer forensics.  In addition to offering professional services, BitSec develops discreet and confidential, mission specific, information security and forensic training. BitSec’s cyber security curriculum is used to train international, federal and state investigative agencies, as well as major corporate Fortune 500 companies.

 


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