SANS Security West 2021 is right around the corner! Choose from over 30 interactive courses, plus Core & Cyber Defense NetWars.

DFIR Summit & Training 2021 - Live Online

Virtual, US Eastern | Thu, Jul 22 - Sat, Jul 31, 2021

Advisory Board members volunteer their time to help build the agenda and coach Summit speakers. We appreciate their expertise and guidance. The 2021 Advisory Board includes:


Alexis Brignoni @AlexisBrignoni
Alexis Brignoni has been serving the area of Orlando, Florida for the last 13 years as a Special Agent of a Federal Law Enforcement agency. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he has a Bachelor's in Computer Science and an MBA in Management of Information Systems. Before working as a digital forensics examiner, he was a case agent tasked with investigating online crimes against children, network intrusions, intellectual property and online fraud among others. Currently holding multiple digital forensics certifications, Alexis Brignoni has been focused on mobile app digital forensics as an area of interest due to the ever-evolving challenge of parsing a never-ending stream of new applications for relevant data. To that end he leads the iLEAPP and ALEAPP community coding projects. These use Python to develop open-source tools that parse mobile forensics extractions for artifacts of investigative value. These project can be found at github.com/abrignoni. He can be reached online via Twitter @AlexisBrignoni and his blog at
abrignoni.com.


Whitney Champion @shortxstack
Whitney is co-founder and Lead Architect of Recon InfoSec. She has extensive experience in large-scale infrastructure automation and orchestration in both the private and public sector. She built and supports the security stack that powers Recon’s MDR services. She also built and maintains Recon’s Network Defense Range which powers their NDR training, OpenSOC.io, and SOC X. No matter the role, security has always been an area of passion and focus.


Domenica Crognale @domenicacrognal
Domenica is a co-author and instructor of SANS FOR585: Advanced Smartphone Forensics. In a former role, Domenica received recognition for assisting with the Osama Bin Laden media, a highlight of her career. She’s also provided training to military special forces, the United States Coast Guard and other government agencies, and has tested and validated various mobile forensics utilities and provided security assessments for many mobile applications.


Mattia Epifani @mattiaep
Mattia is CEO of Reality Net System Solutions, an Italian infosec and digital forensics consulting company, where he works as a digital forensics analyst and expert for judges, prosecutors, lawyers, and private companies, at times serving as an expert court witness. Mattia also brings his passion and expertise to the classroom as an instructor for SANS FOR500: Windows Forensic Analysis and FOR585: Smartphone Forensic Analysis In-Depth, a topic he's particularly passionate about.


Shelly Giesbrecht @nerdiosity
A long-time admirer of smart people, Shelly works hard to surround herself in people she can learn from. This is particularly easy to do in her day job as a Manager (IR) for CrowdStrike Services. She is frequently found wearing a bow-tie and some form of red sneakers.


Jason Jordaan @DFS_JasonJ
Jason is a principal forensic analyst at DFIRLABS, an independent digital forensics and incident response laboratory. Beyond being a Certified Instructor for SANS, where he teaches FOR500: Windows Forensic Analysis, Jason also teaches digital forensics and incident response at Rhodes University and serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Computer Science at the University of Pretoria. He is also an active researcher and writer and has published in several textbooks and academic journals. In addition, he remains active in the law enforcement community by mentoring officers in the Asia Pacific region and Europe.


Matt Linton @0xMatt
Matt is a Chaos Specialist with Google.



Andrew Rathbun @bunsofwrath12
Andrew Rathbun is currently a Senior Associate with Kroll’s Cyber Risk division. He was previously a Forensic Computer Examiner with the US Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General where he led and assisted in the identification, acquisition, preservation, and analysis of electronically stored information (ESI) in support of various white-collar crime investigations involving health care fraud. Prior to this, he was a patrol officer for 4 years and Detective for 3 years with the Michigan State University Police Department. He served in the Investigative Division’s Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime Unit (DFCCU) where he conducted digital forensic examinations on computers and mobile devices as well as general criminal investigations. As a passion project, Andrew co-founded and currently serves as an Administrator for the Digital Forensics Discord Server that continues to grow and serve as a real-time resource for digital forensic examiners worldwide. Andrew is also a Contributor to AboutDFIR.com, one of the leading DFIR resources on the internet. Additionally, Andrew is active on various GitHub repositories related to EZ Tools and KAPE. Lastly, Andrew is also a Veteran with the United States Marine Corps where he served in the infantry and completed a tour of duty in Fallujah, Iraq in 2006-2007.


Wendi Whitmore
Wendi is the Senior Vice President of Cyber Consulting and Threat Intelligence at Palo Alto Networks.Wendi has nearly two decades of experience in incident response Investigations and cyber threat intelligence. As the Vice President of IBM Security X-Force, Wendi was responsible for the global X-Force Incident Response, Proactive Services, Cyber Range, and Threat Intelligence practices. She began her career as a Special Agent conducting computer crime investigations with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) and held executive level positions at CrowdStrike Services and Mandiant.



Terence Williams @T_dot_Will
Terrence has worked in Digital Forensics and Incident Response for the past 7 years after being thrusted into Defensive Cyber Operations during his time in the U.S. Marine Corps. In the role his role with the Marines, Terrence prided himself on growing where he was planted. The pursuit of cyber adversaries led Terrence to work with various DFIR fields including Smartphone Forensics, Windows Forensics, Threat Hunting, and Reverse Engineering Malware. The love for DFIR has continued after his transition from the Marines to Corporate America where he continues to investigate cyber threats that target companies and their users.