Intended for participants with prior digital forensics experience, this 5-day training will introduce the
participant to the variety of IoT devices, the potential evidentiary data the devices may hold, methods in
which to extract data, and analysis techniques to understand extracted data. The Internet of Things
(IoT) continues to expand at an exponential rate. This rapid adoption of technology stands in contrast
to the preparedness of law enforcement, public safety officers, and prosecutors to investigate and
prosecute crimes committed using or in proximity to these silent witnesses. The VTO Labs training
addresses new challenges presented by IoT devices to digital forensic science.
VTO LABS INSTRUCTORS
Steve Watson, Chief Executive Officer, VTO Labs
Mr. Watson is a technologist focused in the areas of data recovery, forensics, risk, and compliance. His career spans two decades and a variety of technology environments from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. He is the Chief Executive Officer of VTO Labs. He has served as the Principal Investigator for two U.S. government scientific programs focused on digital forensics. His research in the area of data recovery and digital forensics is focused on new and emerging technologies and extremely damaged devices. Watson’s expertise lies in getting data off of electronic devices that are challenging for others: damaged devices, old devices, new devices and unsupported devices. He also serves as the Chair of the Forensics Committee on the Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE), representing expertise in mobile devices, emerging technologies, and damaged devices.
James Darnell, Chief Operations Officer, VTO Labs
Prior to his work at VTO Labs, Mr. Darnell worked over 21 years for the United States Secret Service. He began his career with the Secret Service in 1999 and served as a special agent in the Las Vegas Field Office. In 2005, he transferred to the Criminal Investigative Division in Washington, DC, where he served as the Service’s program manager for computer forensics. In 2008, he built a digital forensics laboratory on the campus of the University of Tulsa dedicated to research, training, and escalation examinations. From Tulsa, he created and administered the USSS’ cell phone and skimmer forensics programs. Darnell is a former Chair and Vice Chair of the Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE) and former Chair of the NIST OSAC Digital Evidence Subcommittee. He is a member of the ASTM E30 Committee and an adjunct professor at Oklahoma State University.
Matt Domanic, Senior Digital Forensics Analyst, VTO Labs
Matt Domanic is the Senior Technical Lead for VTO Labs. Mr. Domanic has spent his time at VTO focusing on developing forensic methods for acquiring data from devices such as drones, IoT devices, vehicles, and other embedded and leading-edge technology. Prior to joining VTO Labs, Domanic was a detective with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office in New Jersey where he served as a Task Force Agent for the NJ Drug Enforcement Administration field office and specialized in his role as a Digital Forensics Examiner in the office’s Technical Operations Unit. He is a member of the Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE).