For more than thirty years, Cindy Murphy served in Law Enforcement. Twenty four of those years she served as a detective at the Madison Police Department in Wisconsin, seventeen of which she worked as a certified digital forensics examiner. During her time as an investigator, she witnessed firsthand the emergence of mobile devices as the primary source of evidence in her investigations. This required her to grow into the mobile forensics expert she is today and also allowed her to make a crucial contribution as a co-author of the SANS FOR585 Advanced Smartphone Forensics course. Just recently, she took a leave of absence from the Madison Police Department to launch Gillware Digital Forensics. Cindy is a co-owner of the company and serves as president and lead examiner. As a life-long police officer, Cindy knows the transition from public sector to private will offer its own challenges, but she's looking forward to broadening her professional experience even further, something that will benefit both Cindy and her students.
Throughout her career, Cindy has always looked for opportunities to help in meaningful ways. In one recent case, experts spent a year trying to unlock the phone of a 16-year-old girl who was killed in a tragic traffic accident. As the family prepared to spread her ashes a year after her death, Cindy was given the phone to try. She was able to unlock it, enabling the family to see their daughter's last photos. The family sent Cindy a thank you note, saying, "We so appreciate this opportunity you've given us to hold onto a piece of our daughter's life we were sure was lost to us."
Digital devices have a huge impact in our world today, and Cindy believes mobile phones have become the diaries of people's lives. That's why mobile forensics is such a vital field. The practice is crucial to investigations, and can provide indispensable evidence that law enforcement can't afford to miss. From tools and programs that support digital forensics and training officers on how to handle cell phone evidence, to the self-care needed to make it through tough cases like child pornography, Cindy has worked through it all and has the training base and real-world experience to teach students what it takes to excel in the mobile forensics field.
Cindy has been teaching digital forensics since 2002, and in 2006 helped developed curriculum for a certificate program at Madison Area Technical College. Cindy has been a guest faculty for the National District Attorney's Association, has testified as a computer forensics expert in state and federal court on numerous occasions, has presented internationally on digital forensics topics, and frequently writes articles and whitepapers for the community. She earned her MSc in Forensic Computing and Cyber Crime Investigation through University College in Dublin. Cindy is also a veteran, a mother, a musician (4- and 5-string banjo, cello, tenor guitar, mandolin and ukulele), a protester for first amendment rights, a Brittany Spaniel enthusiast, and an expert knot tier.
"Cindy Murphy is a force to be reckoned with! Very happy I signed up for this class." - Reza Z., DirectTV
"Cindy is Awesome! She fully understands what is happening in the field and how to do our job better." - John P. Shell Oil
"Good, real-world experience. Clearly, Cindy has been there, done that." -Chris Mallow, University of Oklahoma
- Over 30 years of law enforcement experience
- Digital forensics instructor for more than eight years
- FOR585 Advanced Smartphone Forensics course and author statement
Get to know Cindy Murphy:
- Cindy's police department webpage
- Cindy's band website
- Cindy is also involved with the "Girl Tech" program at Madison Area Technical College teaching STEM subjects to middle school girls
- Learn more about Cindy Murphy in this DFIR Hero interview on the SANS DFIR Blog.
Listen to Cindy discuss "Advanced Smartphone Forensics" in this SANS webcast that every DFIR professional should listen to.
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