When I began my career in Law Enforcement I had no idea I would end up one day investigating computer crimes, let alone be a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE), a designation issued by the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS). The process to achieve the CFCE status consisted of 2 weeks of a bootcamp style indoctrination in the computer forensics world, a world that was only being taught by Law Enforcement at the time and which was followed by a year of completing peer reviewed problem sets as well as a comprehensive final exam. The process to become a CFCE, which was difficult and rewarding, and it was entirely managed by the volunteers who taught and mentored me.
Working in the emerging field of computer crime and digital forensics, I quickly learned there were not a lot of places to turn to for help, as problems sometimes took a little longer to figure out. Immediately after receiving my CFCE status, approximately 16 years ago, I volunteered to help others coming up through the process by becoming a CFCE Coach/Mentor. This led me to hold several positions in the IACIS organization and I currently serve as the Chairman of the Re-Certification Committee. Along with my duties as Chairman I still coach candidates coming up through the process, helping them understand all the concepts that are taught in the two week BCFE - Basic Computer Forensic Examiner Conference.
One of my favorite aspects of my work with IACIS has always been community involvement with Digital Safety presentations for students, parents and civic groups a function I missed after retiring from law enforcement. Fortunately, I still work closely with law enforcement in my role as Director of Training here at ADF Solutions, and through the ADF Pledge 1% Philanthropy Time program, our integrated philanthropy model, I still volunteer my time with IACIS.
With the onset of COVID-19 this year the schools found themselves in need of a presentation that could be done virtually. Being that I am accustomed to working remotely and having experience in teaching in a digital environment, I was able to volunteer my time to create a <10 minute Digital Safety / Digital Identity video that could be presented to seniors at different local high schools.
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