Fourth annual Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence Conference being hosted by Forensic Science Center

Marshall’s Forensic Science Center is hosting  the fourth annual Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence (AIDE) Conference which runs through Friday, April 19,  to provide training in digital forensics and evidence recovery and information security.

The conference is offering a wide array of training for professionals and students in the fields of law, digital forensics, law enforcement and information security. The conference began on Monday  with sessions running today through Friday, April 19, at the  Forensic Science Center.

The conference continues in Charleston on Monday, April 22, with a session on electronic discovery at the Capitol Conference Center. “E-Discovery in the Trenches” will illustrate an electronic discovery case study from beginning to end. Topics include: relating claims to data; lawyer/client communication about litigation readiness, internal systems and individual data practices; and limiting and responding to discovery requests.

The Honorable Christopher C. Wilkes and the Honorable James J. Rowe, judges with the West Virginia Business Court Division, will participate in a panel discussion of e-discovery issues and peeves. See for more information.

“We may not think about the fact that all day, every day we are creating evidence,” said Jill McIntyre, vice president of  AIDE and an attorney with Jackson Kelly PLLC,   “But in today’s data-rich world, people leave digital fingerprints everywhere they go.  Physical movement is tracked via cell phone towers.  Advertisers collect and mine information about Internet browsing activity and television use.  Tweets can be harvested within a city block or on a mountainside.  The more we do with devices, the more the law must follow us there.  Lawyers, police officers and government investigators engage in legitimate digging, while information security professionals protect us from illegitimate digging.  AIDE is passionate about its mission to educate stakeholders in these areas.”

John Sammons, an assistant professor in the Integrated Science and Technology Department, is chair of the Digital Forensics Working Group for AIDE and was an original organizer of the Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence. He said the conference offers a wide array of great speakers from Marshall,  nationally recognized digital forensics experts from Purdue University and Access Data, several law firms, the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute, the West Virginia State Police, information security firms and many more.