Dr. Josh Brunty

Graduate Program Director for CFS, ICS Lead for Research, Associate Professor
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Biography

Dr. Josh Brunty is an Associate Professor & Director of the Cyber Forensics & Security Graduate program in the School of Forensic & Criminal Justice Sciences. Prior to joining Marshall University in 2012, he served 7 years as a Digital Forensics Examiner, Technical Leader, and Technical Assessor for both the state and federal government sectors. He is a recipient of the 2019-2020 Marshall & Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Faculty Award. He is also the recipient of the 2019-2020 John & Francis Rucker Outstanding Graduate Advisor Award. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Forensic Science International: Digital Investigation, and the Journal of Forensic Sciences. He also serves as Executive Secretary and Member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Organization of Scientific Area Committee (OSAC) on Digital Evidence, a position he has served in since 2016. He has also served as Academician Commissioner of the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) since 2020. He is a Fellow of the Digital and Multimedia Sciences Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). He is also a member of the Mid-Atlantic Association of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA). He holds multiple certifications including: GIAC Advanced Smartphone Forensics (GASF #862), Cellebrite Certified Mobile Examiner (CCME), Cellebrite Certified Chip-Off Analyst (CCOF), LEVA Certified Forensic Video Technician (CFVT), Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), FLETC Seized Computer Evidence Recovery Specialist (SCERS), and the Magnet Forensics Certified Forensics Examiner (MCFE).

He is currently funded by the United States Secret Service National Computer Forensics Institute (USSS-NCFI) to perform digital forensics and investigative technology research (2020-2023) and is also currently funded by the United States Department of Homeland Security Science Technology Directorate (S&T) to engage in digital forensics tools and techniques in dark web investigations (2021-2023). Additionally, he has received past funding from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) for Technical Training, Research, and Casework Activities for state and local agencies engaged in digital forensics (2010-2015). He has published a variety of articles and books, most notably co-authoring the 2012 Taylor & Francis textbook Social Media Investigation for Law Enforcement, which is still used in police academies and academic institutions throughout the United States. Additionally, he co-authored the Journal of Forensic Sciences article on the Forensic Inspection of Sensitive User Data and Artifacts from Smartwatch Wearable Devices, which received the 2019 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Digital & Multimedia Sciences Most Outstanding Research Award, in addition to being recognized by the journal as a 2019 noteworthy article.

CFS 448/548: Multimedia Forensics
CFS 462/562: Network Forensics
CFS 467/567: Mobile Device Forensics
Bachelor of Arts (BS)- Criminal Justice and Criminology, Marshall University (2005)
Master of Science (MS)- Criminal Justice and Criminology, Marshall University (2009)
Doctor of Science (Sc.D.)- Information Technology, Middle Georgia State University (2023)
Marshall and Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teaching Award (2019-2020)
John and Francis Rucker Outstanding Graduate Advisor (2019-2020)
Forensic 4:Cast Awards 2021- Mentor of the Year (Finalist)
Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition (Rep. Carol Miller, June 9, 2020).
American Academy of Forensic Sciences- Digital/Multimedia Sciences Outstanding Research Award Winner (Anaheim, February 2020)
National Championship (serving as faculty advisor). National Cyber League (NCL). Spring, 2020. WV State All-Service Championship (serving as mentor). AFA Cyberpatriot. Spring, 2020.
National Computer Forensics Institute/United States Secret Service- R&D ($755K), PI, 2020-present
Department of Homeland Security S&T ($2M), Co-PI, 2020-present
Department of Homeland Security ($4.2M), Co-PI, 2019-present
National Security Agency. GenCyber ($62K), PI, 2018
INCO. Faculty Development Grant ($1.2K), PI, 2018
National Security Agency. GenCyber ($50K), PI, 2017
INCO. Faculty Development Grant ($1.2K), PI, 2017
National Institute of Justice. Award 2010-IJ-CX-K025 ($855K), Co-PI, 2010-2015
INCO. Faculty Development Grant ($1K), PI, 2014
Haak, L. & Brunty J. Data Decryption of Android Third Party Private Messaging Apps: A Case Study. Proceedings of the 2021 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Virtual AAFS), 2021.
Odom, N., Lindmar, J. Brunty, J., Rushton, C. (2019). Go- Go-Go Gadget, Smartwatch! An Investigation of Wearable Devices and Their Forensic Value. American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), Baltimore, MD, 2019.
Kresl, N., McPhillen, C., Swann, H., Watson, S., Rathbone, D., Richards-Waugh, L., Brunty, J., & Rushton, C. (2019). The Development of Protocols for the Analysis of Mobile Devices That Have Been Submerged in Oil-Based, Flammable, and Clandestine Chemical Liquids. American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), Baltimore, MD 2019.
Wilkinson, K., Boggs, R., Brunty, J., Fenger, T. Development of a Portable Mobile Phone Forensic Acquisition and Analysis Toolkit Utilizing Open Source Tools. American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), Las Vegas, NV, 2016.
Cervellone, A., Price, R., Brunty, J., Fenger, T. A Comparison of Computer Forensic Tools: An OpenSource Evaluation. American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), Las Vegas, NV
Parker, N., Brunty, J., Boggs, R., Fenger, T. Age Estimation of Adolescents Using Eye Measurements From Various Angles in Videos. American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), Las Vegas, NV, 2016.
Baber, K., Boggs, R., Brunty, J., Levstein, I, Fenger, T. Age Estimation of Adolescents and Adults Using the Dimension of the Eye and Pupil in "Selfie" Photographs. American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), Orlando, FL, 2015.
Friedman, R., Brunty, J. & Fenger, T. A Digital Forensic Analysis on the iCloud and its Synchronization to Apple Devices. American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), Washington, DC, 2013.
Corcoran, K., Read, A., Brunty J. & Fenger, T. Messaging Application Analysis for Android and iOS Platforms. American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), Washington, DC, 2013.
Rusbarsky, K. L., Smith, C., Brunty, J. L., Fenger, T. (2013). A Forensic Comparison of NTFS and FAT32 File Systems. American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), Washington, DC, 2013.
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Josh_Brunty (ResearchGate)
https://marshall.academia.edu/JoshBrunty (Academia.edu)
https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=MjUY-tAAAAAJ
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2613-4619 (ORCID ID)
Cellebrite Certified Mobile Examiner (CCME), Cellebrite Inc. (December 15, 2015 - Present).
Cellebrite Certified Chip-Off Forensics (CCOF), Cellebrite Inc. (May 20, 2022, Cert # AQzcgIjM0q).
Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst (CCPA), Cellebrite Inc. (August 7, 2015 - Present).
Cellebrite Certified Operator (CCO), Cellebrite Inc. (August 4, 2015 - Present).
Cellebrite Certified Instructor (CCI), Cellebrite Inc. (December, 2015 - Present).
Certified Forensic Video Technician (CFVT), LEVA Inc. (May 11, 2018-Present)
Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (C|HFI), EC-Council. (May 30, 2008 - Present).
GIAC Advanced Smartphone Forensics (GASF), #862 GIAC. (October 9, 2020 - Present).
Magnet Certified Forensic Examiner (MCFE). Magnet Forensics, Inc. (June 2, 2019- Present)
Seized Computer Evidence Recovery Specialist (SCERS), (January 14, 2011 - Present).
Graduate Director, Cyber Forensics & Security Graduate Program (October 1, 2022- present).
Committee Chair, Faculty Search Committee 001652. (September 28, 2015 - July 13, 2016).
Committee Member, Cyber Security Degree Planning Committee. (January 21, 2015 - May 2016).
Committee Member, IST Functions Committee. (September 15, 2014 - May 2016).
Committee Chair, Faculty Search Committee 12972. (November 2012 - April 2013).
Committee Chair, College of Science Curriculum Committee. (August 2018 - Present).
Committee Member, College of Science Curriculum Committee. (May 2016 – August 2018).
Committee Member, College of Science Faculty Raise Committee. (August 2014 - September 2014).