John Sammons

WAEC 2003


John Sammons is an Associate Professor and serves as the Chair of the Department of Forensic Sciences and the Director of the Digital Forensics and Information Assurance Program.

John is the author, co-author, and contributor of several books including the best-selling “The Basics of Digital Forensics” published by Syngress. In 2013, “The Basics” was nominated for Digital Forensics Book of the Year by Forensic 4 Cast. This book is currently in its second edition and has been translated into Korean.

His other books include “Digital Forensics: Threatscape and Best Practices,” and “The Basics of Cyber Safety: Computer and Mobile Device Safety Made Easy.” 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 latest book, “Digital Forensics Trial Graphics: Teaching the Jury through Effective Use of Visuals” was published in March of 2017 by Academic Press.

He is a former Huntington Police officer. John spent the majority of his career as a detective investigating drug trafficking in and around the Huntington area. John’s investigative work was recognized by the United States Department of Justice when he received their award for public service. While at HPD, John was one of the lead firearms and tactics instructors. In addition to his teaching duties at HPD, he regularly taught patrol tactics at the West Virginia State Police Academy.

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 located in Barboursville, West Virginia. 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 to graduate students. John routinely provides training for the legal and law enforcement communities in the areas of digital forensics, investigations, 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.

John holds multiple certifications including the AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE), the Cellebrite Certified Logical Operator (CCLO), and the Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst (CCPA).

John served 11 years as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and the West Virginia Army National Guard.

He is a Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the High Technology Crime Investigation Association, Council of Forensic Science Educators, and FBI Infragard.

DFIA 400: Intro to Digital Forensics
DFIA 420: Incident Response
DFIA 440: Digital Evidence
DFIA 460: Applied Digital Evidence
DFIA 464: Network Security & Cyber Crime
DFIA 490: Capstone
DFIA 491: Research
CJ 211: Intro to Law Enforcement
FSC 634: Search & Seizure of Digital Evidence
FSC 676: Advanced Digital Forensics
CFS 630: Cyber Threat Intelligence
CFS 660: Advanced Cyber Forensics