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Prelude to Beats & Bytes: Striking the Right Chord in Digital Forensics

  • Friday, May 19, 2017 at 3:00 PM EDT (2017-05-19 19:00:00 UTC)
  • Ryan Pittman, Matt Linton, Cindy Murphy

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As a preview to our SANS DFIR Summit talk, we will speak observationally and based in current brain research about the benefits and correlations of music in forensics and incident response practice. We will cover brain plasticity research, music and its benefits to mental health, skills that translate from music to technology (and visa versa), and collaboration and team building through music for forensicators. We will also talk about the compelling results of our recent survey of DF/IR practitioners regarding music, our upcoming paper on this topic, and discuss the ultimate DF/IR playlist. 

To learn more on this topic, attend the 10th annual SANS Digital Forensics & Incident Response (DFIR) Summit & Training. This training event brings together an influential group of experts, SANS training, and industry networking opportunities in one place. Over the course of this eight-day training event, you'll enjoy:

  • Highly technical digital forensics and incident response presentations from the industry's top practitioners during the two-day Summit
  • Nine SANS DFIR courses to choose from to advance your training, build your arsenal of defenses, and learn how to better protect your organization
  • The opportunity to network with fellow attendees at receptions and community-building events
  • A DFIR NetWars tournament to sharpen your skills and solve incident-related challenges

Speaker Bios

Ryan Pittman

Ryan Pittman is a Resident Agent-in-Charge (RAC) with the NASA Office of Inspector General's Computer Crimes Division, continuing a career of over 20 years in Law Enforcement practicing, teaching, researching and writing about Digital Forensics. He plays the banjo, upright bass, dobro, harmonica, and cajon with the Gilroy Jam Band.

Cindy Murphy

Cindy Murphy, is co-owner, president and lead investigator at Gillware Digital Forensics. Cindy Murphy served in law enforcement for more than 30 years, including 24 years as a detective with the Madison Police Department in Wisconsin. During 17 of those years she worked as a certified digital forensics examiner. She is a SANS certified instructor and co-author of the SANS FOR585 Advanced Smartphone Forensics course. 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, a protester for first amendment rights, a Brittany Spaniel enthusiast, and an expert knot tier.

"Good, real-world experience. Clearly, Cindy has been there, done that." - Chris Mallow, University of Oklahoma
"Cindy is Awesome! She fully understands what is happening in the field and how to do our job better." - John P., Shell Oil

Matt Linton

Matt is an incident responder with experience throughout the security process, from architecture through penetration. He is formally trained in disaster management and specializes in rapid response, remediation and hardening of compromised environments.

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