SEARCH High-Tech Crime Trainers Offer Investigative Workshops at HTCIA International Conference

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HTCIA International Conference
and Expo website:
Sept. 16-19, Hershey, PA
Hershey Lodge
Hundreds of digital crimes investigators will converge on Hershey, Pennsylvania, next week for the annual HTCIA International Conference and Training Expo—and SEARCH's high-tech crime training services team will be there to offer specialized training at six computer labs.

HTCIA, the High-Tech Crime Investigation Association, is an international membership organization that provides education and collaboration to support the prevention and investigation of high-technology crimes.

Its annual conference offers case studies, tool demonstrations, and hands-on labs about the many different aspects of high technology crime investigation for its members in law enforcement, private industry, and corporate security.

"SEARCH is pleased to be offering six computer training labs at the HTCIA conference," said Mr. Tim Lott, Director of SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Services and a member of the Sacramento Valley (California) chapter of HTCIA.

"Our labs are open to law enforcement attendees and offer training and information they can put into immediate use. With the rapid evolution of computer crime, keeping on top of new investigative techniques is critical."

The conference is scheduled for September 16-19, 2012, at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

As in past years, the SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Services team will offer specialized computer labs to conference attendees, with a focus on serving law enforcement agency investigators. SEARCH's participation in this event is supported by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.

SEARCH is offering the following computer labs to HTCIA conference attendees:

  • Investigative USB Apps, which teaches how to download, install, and use portable applications as investigative tools, Sept. 17, 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Firefox Add-ons: Free Resources to Enhance Your Investigations, which teaches the effective use of Mozilla Firefox add-ons as investigative tools, Sept. 17, 3:30-5 p.m., and Sept. 18, 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Field Triage (Part 1 and 2), which teaches how to look for and collect "volatile" evidence present in the RAM of a running computer at a digital crime scene, Sept. 18, 8:30-10 a.m. (Part 1), and 10:30 a.m.-noon (Part 2).
  • Become a Google Jedi: Save Yourself from Information Overload, which teaches the effective use of Google to filter search results to relevant and useable information, Sept. 18, 3:30-5 p.m.
  • Introduction to Social Networking Website Investigations (Part 1 and 2), which teaches techniques for searching and capturing social networking profiles for evidence, mapping tools for friend networks, and other elements of these investigations, Sept. 19, 8:30-10 a.m. (Part 1), and 10:30 a.m.-noon (Part 2).
  • Using Virtual Machines in an Investigative Capacity (Part 1 and 2), which introduces the concept of the virtual computer environment for testing, research and undercover investigations, Sept. 19, 1:30-3 p.m. (Part 1), and 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. (Part 2).

The SEARCH labs will be taught by High-Tech Crime Training Specialists Chris Armstrong, Don Lewis, Elizabeth Tow, and Lauren Wagner and Training Services Director Tim Lott.