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SANS Announces Agenda for Annual DFIR Summit in Austin, Texas

Top Mobile Forensic Experts will Address Today's Most Challenging Issues and Share the Tips and Tricks They Learned Along the Way that made them Innovators in the DFIR Community

  • Bethesda, MD
  • May 12, 2016

SANS Institute, the global leader in information security training, today announced the agenda for its annual Digital Forensics & Incident Response (DFIR) Summit and Training to be held June 23 - 30 in Austin, Texas. Top DFIR professionals from around the world will gather to discuss how to overcome the latest obstacles and share with others what has proven to be effective in their day-to-day investigations. Included in the agenda is the highly anticipated mobile forensic panel discussion.

According to Heather Mahalik, a Principal Forensic Scientist and Team Lead for Oceans Edge and DFIR Summit panel speaker, "Understanding and interpreting mobile data is a skill set that many do not fully grasp. Training can only take you so far in DFIR, especially mobile. The mobile field is constantly changing. You must learn how to be innovative and handle the curve balls thrown your way."

"Traditional forensics training courses teach basic technical skills and processes, but in the ever-changing mobile forensics environment, that's just not enough. The ability to think outside the box and find solutions to problems that are beyond the 'norm,' not to mention finding way of testing and validating those unique solutions is key. Innovation is a mindset that can be learned through focus on developing traits and skills such as curiosity, collaboration, experimentation, and integrative thinking. Learning to innovate allows an examiner to develop solutions to unique problems rather than waiting for solutions to come along," added Cindy Murphy, Madison (WI) Police Department and DFIR Summit speaker.

Mahalik and Murphy will participate in the panel discussion Puzzle Solving and Science: The Secret Sauce of Innovation in Mobile Forensics. Other panel participants include:

  • Chris Crowley, Certified Instructor, SANS Institute
  • Andrew Hoog, CEO, and Co-Founder, NowSecure
  • Adrian Leong, Research and Development Specialist & Blogger

The DFIR Summit features two days of trending talks and leading speakers covering the most innovative DFIR topics. Immediately following the Summit, SANS will offer six days of hands-on DFIR training. Attendees will also have the opportunity to test their skills and go head-to-head against their peers during the DFIR NetWars competition.

For more information on the summit, including a complete list of speakers and discussion overviews, or to register, please visit:

About SANS Institute

The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Today, SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals in government and commercial institutions worldwide. Renowned SANS instructors teach more than 60 courses at In-Person and Live Online cyber security training events, and more than 50 courses are available anytime, anywhere with our OnDemand platform. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates practitioner skills through more than 35 hands-on, technical certifications in cyber security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers a master’s degree, graduate certificates, and an undergraduate certificate in cyber security. SANS Security Awareness, a division of SANS, provides organizations with a complete and comprehensive security awareness solution, enabling them to easily and effectively manage their ‘human’ cybersecurity risk. SANS also delivers a wide variety of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, webcasts, podcasts, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system – the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to support and educate the global information security community. (