Security Consultant, Computer Forensic Expert
Computer and security professional since 1985
Place of Birth: Raleigh, NC
Education and Experience: Bachelor of Science, Information Technology & Security, Campbell University. Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Wake Technical College. Former Raleigh Police Officer and Investigator. Former member of a Federal Drug Task Force. Former owner and operator of computer consulting firm. Previously worked as a member of the network and computer security group for the EPA and the USPS.
Certifications: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Information Systems Audit and Control Association. EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE). Licensed Private Investigator Associate in North Carolina. Licensed Counterintelligence Trainee in North Carolina.
Affiliations: Member, InfraGard Eastern Carolina Chapter. Member, Information Systems Audit and Control Association. Member, International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium.
What do you enjoy most about your role in Computer Forensics?
I get the most enjoyment when I am able to teach something about computer forensics and how the technology can help answer questions about a case or situation. Using and understanding how computers work in general can be confusing. Trying to show how computer data can help explain the actions of the user can be even more confusing. It is vitally important to explain findings such as specifics about files or emails in a generic, general, and understandable way.
What is your greatest security concern?
Every day you read about data breaches and identity theft. The security of information and the means by which we use and collect that data is of great concern. We depend so heavily on information technology that we forget how damaging it can be if that information gets into the hands of the wrong person. It is so important for everyone who uses the Internet to maintain awareness of who they are communicating with and what they put online. Simple security measures such as only using one low-limit credit card for online purchases and restricting personal information provided to sites like Facebook can go a long way to helping secure your identity and finances.