Tech Bylines

My articles have appeared in national trade magazines Law Enforcement Technology, Police & Security News, Law & OrderThe InformantEvidence Technology, Forensic Magazine, and Digital Forensics Magazine. A selected list appears below:

#DFIRforGood is a Great Start. Let’s Use It to Ask Tougher Questions
Encouraging organizations as well as individuals to act ethically in a rapidly evolving space
Forensic Focus, September 2020

BYOB to a CTF to Improve Your DFIR Game
Now offered in virtual formats both during and outside of conferences, CTFs continue to attract participants. What can you expect from the experience, and what do you need to participate? Bring your own box (BYOB) and find out!
Forensic Focus, August 2020

Following Up: When Digital Forensics Vendors Hire Research Talent, Where Does It Leave Research?
When we published our March opinion piece, the reaction on Twitter — mostly from vendor representatives themselves — was swift and strong. While few other non-vendor researchers joined the discussion, the points participants raised are worth a follow-up.
Forensic Focus, June 2020

Opinion: When Digital Forensics Vendors Hire Research Talent, Where Does It Leave Research?
Arguably, vendors are investing in research “deep work” that can ultimately make their tools stronger and serve a wider range of forensic examiners with highly relevant acquisition and analysis capabilities. On the other hand, no private entity invests in anything without anticipating a return.
Forensic Focus, March 2020

COVID-19’s Hidden Challenge: Spotting Child Abuse When Schools are Closed
With school closures lasting well beyond the initial two-week quarantine period—in some cases lasting for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year—a worrisome trend has been reported in numerous states: dramatic decreases in child abuse hotline reporting.
The Crime Report, April 2020

Forensic Pattern of Life Analysis
When it comes to digital devices, how users interact with them can tell a very detailed story about any given timeframe.
Forensic Focus, February 2020

Revenge Porn Victims Caught Between Tech and the Law
Victims of revenge porn are stuck between recalcitrant Silicon Valley technology service providers and the comparatively glacial pace of courts and legislators.
The Crime Report, February 2020

Investigating Nonconsensual Intimate Image Sharing
Nonconsensual intimate image sharing, or “revenge porn,” is often just as devastating to its victims as physical sexual abuse. How can investigators and forensic examiners respond?
Forensic Focus, December 2019

How To Help Small Governments Respond to Ransomware Attacks
Ransomware has captured a large share of mainstream media coverage in recent months, due in no small part to attacks that have crippled small local and county governments in the United States.
Forensic Focus, December 2019

Can Your Investigation Interpret Emoji?
Emoji are everywhere — including in your evidence.
Forensic Focus, November 2019

Facebook’s Privacy Manifesto: What Does It Mean For Digital Forensic Investigations?
How might Facebook’s planned shift from public to private sharing affect forensic investigations?
Forensic Focus, May 2019

Burnout in DFIR (and Beyond)
Burnout in the digital forensics world is unique. This piece covers expert opinions on how to cope and overcome.
Forensic Focus, March 2019

The 5 Enduring Challenges of Mobile Forensics
Consumer demand for a better balance between privacy and convenience drives changes to apps and devices that create obstacles in retrieving evidentiary data.
Evidence Technology Magazine, Spring 2018

Next-Generation Digital Forensics: Expanding the Toolkit
New approaches give investigative teams the opportunity to identify priority data, analyze the evidence in an easy-to-digest format, and, ultimately, accelerate the investigative process.
Forensic Magazine, March 2018

Making Smart Technology Decisions to Improve Case Collaboration
With the stakes so high but resource constraints unlikely to budge anytime soon, leaders need to be able to stretch their thinking to accommodate the right blend of personnel, technology, and approach to the work.
Forensic Focus, November 2017

Developing the Next Generation of Police Leadership
What are some of the best practices which commanders can utilize to foster millennial officers’ educational aspirations?
Police & Security News, March 2017

Mobile Device Search and Seizure in a Post-Riley World
The latest Supreme Court ruling requires training, policy, and technology for the proper handling of mobile device evidence
DFI News, March 2015

Decentralized Mobile Forensics with Lee Papathanasiou, Cellebrite
Technology, training, and enforcement form the foundation needed for successful mobile forensics
Evidence Technology, September 2014

Mobile Victimology
Data recovered from a victim’s mobile device can identify leads, reveal behavior patterns, and contextualize other evidence
Police Magazine, February 2014

Smartphone Overload with Ronen Engler & Lee Papathanasiou, Cellebrite
Prepare to overcome the challenges posed by an abundance of mobile operating systems
Law Enforcement Technology, June 2013

The Value of Mobile Data in Criminal Investigations
Case studies are proof of the value
Law & Order, June 2013

6 Persistent Challenges with Smartphone Forensics with Ronen Engler, Cellebrite
Smartphones, the most popular mobile communications devices today, are also some of the most difficult to extract evidentiary data from.
DFI News, February 2013

The Newest Way to Get the Message
More people are turning to high-tech methods to report crime — and law enforcement agencies need to be prepared
The Informant, Winter 2011

The 2-Year Digital Forensics Degree with Chris Curran, Huntington Beach (CA) Police Dept./Cypress College
How community colleges fit in the ever-expanding field of digital forensics education
DFI News, January 2011

The Ideal Digital Forensics Course with Tim Watson & Gary Kessler
No one disputes the growing need for digital forensics experts and services. In a push to meet demand, many colleges and universities have created courses, certificates, and degree programmes. However, to remain competitive in the long run, academic institutions must be able to graduate properly educated and trained examiners who fulfill the need for their expertise.
Digital Forensics Magazine, Issue 5

A Digital Forensics Lab by Any Other Name with Todd Shipley, Warren Kruse & James Carden
Digital forensics laboratories may once have been specialized, but increasing case complexity demands broader capabilities across disciplines
Digital Forensics Magazine, Issue 3

Investigating the Social Web
New training helps investigators find criminals and evidence on the Internet
Law Enforcement Technology, January 2010

The Crime Scene Evidence You’re Ignoring with Det. Kipp Loving, Tracy (CA) Police Dept.
Computers and cell phones aren’t the only digital devices that hold evidence
Law Enforcement Technology, October 2009

Wireless Crime, Wireless Criminals
Investigating 802.11 networks and the people who abuse them
Law Enforcement Technology, July 2009

High-Tech Stalking
GPS devices, IP sniffers and even identity theft are used to harass victims. How do investigators get evidence to build a case?
Law Enforcement Technology, May 2009

The Mobile Device Investigator’s Toolbox
What works best for newbies, what requires more training, and how to tell the difference
Law Enforcement Technology, November 2008

The Other Side of Mobile Forensics
How service provider data fit into the larger mobile-evidence picture
Law Enforcement Technology, July 2008

Cell Phone Bombs
How law enforcement can (and can’t) prevent them
Law Enforcement Technology, November 2006

Cyber Stalking and Bullying
What law enforcement needs to know
Law Enforcement Technology, April 2006

Cyber Harassment
Its forms and perpetrators
Law Enforcement Technology, April 2006

Does Your Agency Need an ICAC Unit?
Part I: Blueprinting Success
Law Enforcement Technology, March 2005
Part II: Nuts and Bolts
Law Enforcement Technology, April 2005

Vehicle Event Data Recorders
What they can and can’t do, and what to do when you encounter them
Law Enforcement Technology, November 2004

More Than a Cell Phone
Tools you can use in criminal investigations
Law Enforcement Technology, April 2003