Announcements & News

July 2011

Second Annual Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence Conference to be hosted by Marshall University Forensic Science Center

The Marshall University Forensic Science Center will host the second annual Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence Conference (AIDE) July 11–15 to provide training in digital forensics and evidence recovery, electronic discoveryand information security.

The conference will offer a wide array of training for professionals and students in the fields of law, digital forensics, law enforcement and information security. The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 11, through Wednesday, July 13; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 14, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, July 15.

John Sammons, an assistant professor in Marshall's Integrated Science and Technology Department, is the director of the Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence. "Anyone who works with digital evidence, whether they are a lawyer, a police officer, or an information security professional, must keep pace with technology," he said. "The risks today are simply too high to do otherwise. The AIDE provides the type of cutting edge training that these folks need to protect our communities and companies as well as serve their clients."

Sammons said the conference offers a wide array of great speakers from the FBI, Purdue University, AccessData, several law firms, the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute, the West Virginia State Police, Digital Intelligence and many more. "This is an outstanding opportunity for professionals and students alike," he added.

Continuing education credits are available for law enforcement, attorneys and information security professionals. First responder certification will be offered on digital evidence.

Registration fees are free for current AIDE members, $50 for nonmember professionals, and $20 for students, and are due the first day of attendance. Pre-registration is required for lunch, which will cost $10 per day. Payment for lunch is due on the days of attendance.

On July 12 and 13, Access Data will conduct training on Summation, a software solution used to manage, organize and analyze every aspect of the litigation process. AccessData is a leading provider of e-discovery, computer forensics and cyber security software for law firms, corporations and government agencies. The Summation training is being offered separately from the AIDE conference. The following two courses will be offered at a fee of $500 for each course: "Loading Case Data into Summation" on Tuesday, July 12, and "Summation Case Management, Advanced Topics" on Wednesday, July 13.

To register for the conference or to learn more, please visit the AIDE website at:

Sponsors for the event include Jackson Kelly PLLC Attorneys at Law; Access Data; Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC Attorneys at Law; InfoSec Daily Podcast; Digital Intelligence; Marshall University Forensic Science Center; Marshall University Department of Integrated Science and Technology, and Marshall University Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.

  • Mary Thomasson
  • Public Information Officer

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