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May 2012

Third 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 third annual Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence Conference (AIDE) May 21-25 to provide training in digital forensics and evidence recovery, electronic discovery and information security.

Booth Goodwin, United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, will make opening remarks at 9 a.m. Monday, May 21. His presentation will focus on digital evidence as the "new frontier" in prosecution.

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 5 p.m. Monday, May 21, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day through Friday, May 25.

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. "This is our third annual conference. The needs for training and the threats are just as great, if not greater than when we started. Technology is evolving so quickly that we must take advantage of every opportunity to increase our knowledge and grow our skill sets."

Sammons said the conference offers a wide array of great speakers from the FBI, US Secret Service, Marshall University, Purdue University, several law firms, the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute, the West Virginia State Police, information security firms and many more.

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.

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; Spilman, Thomas & Battle, PLLC; Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC Attorneys at Law; Syngress Publishing; Marshall University Forensic Science Center; Marshall University Department of Integrated Science and Technology, and Marshall University Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology; 304Geeks and InfoSec Daily Podcast.

  • Mary Thomasson
  • Public Information Officer

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