DF/IA Faculty

Josh Brunty

A former digital forensics laboratory manager and examiner, Josh Brunty has over a decade of experience in the field of digital forensics & investigations. Josh is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Forensics for the Department of Integrated Science & Technology and Forensic Science Departments at Marshall University in Huntington, WV.

Prior to joining Marshall, Josh was an examiner and technical leader of digital forensics with the West Virginia State Police’s Digital Forensic Laboratory. Josh holds numerous certifications within the digital forensics discipline including: AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE), AccessData Mobile Examiner (AME), Computer Hacking Forensic Examiner (CHFI), Seized Computer Evidence Recovery Specialist (SCERS), Certified Malware Investigator, Certified Steganography Examiner, and is certified by the National Security Agency in Information Assurance Methodology (NSA-IAM).

Josh has authored numerous articles on the subject of digital forensics and investigations, many appearing in publications such as Digital Forensic Investigator (DFI) News. Most recently, he co-authored the book “Social Media Investigation for Law Enforcement” published by Elsevier/Anderson, which outlines the ever-increasing popularity of social media and its potential value as a source of evidence within an investigation.

He has developed a variety of digital forensic training sessions and curriculum; including past recertification scenarios/exams for the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS). Josh is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Association of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), the Digital-Multimedia Sciences section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), the Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence (AIDE) the West Virginia Cyber Crimes Task Force, and the West Virginia Chapter of FBI INFRAGARD.

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Bill Gardner

Bill Gardner is an Assistant Professor at Marshall University, where he teaches information security and foundational technology courses in the Department of Integrated Science and Technology's Digital Forensics and Information Assurance degree program. He is the faculty advisor of Marshall University's Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition team (CCDC). He is also President and Principal Security Consultant at BlackRock Consulting. In addition, Bill is past president and information security chair at the Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence. AIDE is a non-profit organization that provides research and training for digital evidence professionals including attorneys, judges, law enforcement officers and information security practitioners in the private sector.

Prior to joining the faculty at Marshall, Bill co-founded the Hack3rCon convention co-founded 304geeks, a technology networking organization, and co-founded 304blogs. Bill is an active member of the information security community and has spoken at a number of information security conferences including AIDE, Derbycon, Shmoocon, BSides-Cincy, BSidesCleveland, and BSidesAsheville. In addition, Bill is a founding member of the Security Awareness Training Framework and the co-author of "Building an Information Security Awareness Program: Defending Against Social Engineering and Technical Threats". More information about Bill Gardner can be found at http://science.marshall.edu/gardner62/.

John Sammons – Program Director

John Sammons is an Assistant Professor at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. John teaches digital forensics, electronic discovery, and information security in the Department of Integrated Science and Technology. He also serves as the coordinator for the Digital Forensics and Information Assurance program.

John is the author of “The Basics of Digital Forensics” published by Syngress. John co-authored the digital forensics chapter in Douglas Ubelaker's book "Forensic Science: Current Issues, Future Directions." The book is co-published with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. John also authored the digital forensics chapter in the book "Information Security: A Strategic-Based Approach." His next book, “Digital Forensics with AccessData’s Forensic Toolkit,” is scheduled for publication in early 2015 by McGraw-Hill.

He is a former Huntington Police officer and currently serves as an investigator for the Cabell County (WV) Prosecutor's Office. As an investigator, John works as a part-time examiner in the West Virginia State Police Digital Forensics laboratory. John is a member of the FBI's West Virginia Cybercrime Task Force. He also serves as a Fusion Center Liaison Officer for the West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center.

Prior to joining the faculty at Marshall, John co-founded Second Creek Technologies, a digital forensics and electronic discovery firm. While at Second Creek, John served as the Managing Partner and CEO.

John is an adjunct instructor at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center where he teaches advanced digital forensics and firearms.

John is a contract instructor for AccessData, a world leader in digital forensic software. He is certified by them as both an instructor and examiner.

John routinely provides training for the legal and law enforcement communities in the areas of digital forensics and electronic discovery.

He is the founder and President of the Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence. AIDE is a non-profit organization that provides research and training for digital evidence professionals including attorneys, judges, law enforcement, and information security practitioners in the private sector.

He is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the High Technology Crime Investigation Association, and Infragard.

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