Lee Whitfield seldom accepts anything that he is told. His curious mind and love of challenging norms compels him to obtain the knowledge for himself. It is part of what makes him a great forensic investigator, and also what he hopes to share with his students.
He began his digital forensics career in 2006, when a neighbor told him about the field. Lee was hooked. Immediately, he started reviewing books, software and taking classes to build up his skills. He soon had the knowledge and skill to become a digital forensic investigator in both in the United States and United Kingdom. Today, Lee is a digital forensic consultant and analyst for his own company, 337 Forensics.
As Lee continued to build and expand his knowledge, he had the opportunity to present at the SANS Forensic Summit. The experience, as well as hearing from other knowledgeable experts, led him to understand that SANS was an organization committed to cutting-edge training and expanding the field of digital forensics.
Now as an instructor for FOR500: Windows Forensic Analysis, Lee pushes his students to understand how important it is to "get things right," given the power of digital forensics and the impact it has on people's lives. Lee shares his own stories and experiences with his students and strives to create open discussion and the opportunity for students to find the answers for themselves. He wants every student to share his passion for finding the truth, and the drive to continue to build their skills and knowledge moving forward.
Lee also serves as a Senior Technical Adviser for the SANS Research and Operation Center, helping in the Lab Validation process. He also hosts the Forensic 4:cast Awards event at the SANS DFIR Summit each year. In his sparse free time, Lee also produces his own popular digital forensics podcast, Forensic 4:cast. The podcast has afforded him the opportunity to discuss and investigate important issues relating to the field of digital forensics, and in each episode, he interviews a panel of guests on the latest news and issues in the field.
Outside of digital forensics and instructing, Lee focuses his time on his wife and four children at home in Dallas, TX. He also enjoys photography and flying his drone. To top it off, Lee is a huge Marvel fan and you'll likely find him at the movie theatre on Marvel movie release nights.
Hear Lee talk about Mac Times here:
- Senior Adviser for the SANS Research and Operations Center
- Instructor for FOR500: Windows Forensic Analysis
- Annual host of the Forensic 4:cast Awards event at the SANS Forensic Summit
- Creator, host and producer of popular digital forensics podcast, Forensic 4:cast
- EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE)
- GIAC Advanced Smartphone Forensics (GASF)
- GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner (GCFE)
- GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware (GREM)
ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS BY LEE WHITFIELD:
Securing Your Future in DFIR, April 2020
Ready Forensicator One, March 2018
Get to Know Lee Whitfield