13th annual AIDE conference set for April

Marshall University is now accepting registration for participants, presenters and sponsors for the 13th annual Appalachia Institute of Digital Evidence conference. The conference is planned for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13-17 in the Memorial Student Center on Marshall’s Huntington campus.

"In our 13th year, this conference is needed more than ever," said John Sammons, director of the Digital Forensics and Information Assurance program at Marshall. "New threats and new technologies emerge almost daily. Conferences like ours help working professionals and students keep pace with the staggering speed of change. We’ve got a great lineup of speakers this year in all our tracks. There is something for everyone."

The sessions for the conference are scheduled as follows:

  • Monday, April 13:  Law Enforcement
  • Tuesday, April 14:  Cyber Day (for high school students)
  • Wednesday, April 15:  Open Source Intelligence
  • Thursday, April 16:  Cyber Security
  • Friday, April 17:  Digital Forensics

Among the speakers will be:

  • Marc Rogers and Kate Seigfried-Spellar of Purdue University, who will speak on behavioral analysis regarding digital evidence and child pornography;
  • Dave Marcus, principal engineer/director of the Advanced Programs Group’s Research and Intelligence Team at McAfee;
  • Joseph Day, chief intelligence officer for Homeland Security Investigations covering Washington, D.C., Virginia and West Virginia;
  • Jessica Griffith, Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations, who is an intel analyst and the previous director of the West Virginia Intel Fusion Center; and
  • Amanda Berlin, information security architect and author.

On Thursday, there will be a Women In Cyber panel, including main speaker Amanda Berlin, an alumna of the Digital Forensics program at Marshall; Kelsey Billups, a digital forensic examiner for the Tippecanoe County High Tech Crime Unit; and other female cybersecurity practitioners.

"I feel this panel is a great addition to this year’s conference to raise awareness of the gender gap in the cybersecurity field," said Chelsie Cooper, adviser for the Women In Cyber organization at Marshall. "This panel is full of hardworking and inspirational women to promote more females to join our field."

Admission is free, but registration is required. Session presentation proposals are now being accepted, as are conference registrations, at https://www.marshall.edu/forensicsciences/aide.

For questions about the conference, contact Sammons by e-mail at john.sammons@marshall.edu or by phone at 304-696-7241. For questions about sponsorship, contact Cooper by e-mail at cooper300@marshall.edu.

The event is sponsored by the Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence, as well as by the university’s Digital Forensics and Information Assurance program, and Cyber Forensics and Security program.