Announcements & News

April 2014

AIDE Conference at Marshall attracts national speakers

Marshall University will serve as host of the 2014 Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence (AIDE) Conference, a four-day event focusing on investigations with digital evidence, information security, open source intelligence, cell phone seizure certification and electronic discovery.

The fifth annual conference will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21-22 and April 24-25 at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center and at the Capital Conference Center in Charleston.

The Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence is a regional not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the legal, technical and public sectors, as well as business professionals for whom digital evidence is part and parcel of their work. AIDE exists to help network administrators, digital forensics practitioners, law enforcement, and legal professionals survive - and even thrive - in the ever-changing landscape where technology and the law meet. Fostering collaboration among practitioners, students, and academics, AIDE aims to improve access to information, develop solutions to practical problems, and narrow the gap between the accessing and use of digital evidence and traditional physical evidence in the law.

Speakers in the Huntington session are from Purdue University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Nuix, Lockheed Martin, Marshall University, Fairmont State University, the West Virginia State Police, and more.

On Friday, April 25, in Charleston, nationally recognized Craig Ball, a trial lawyer, certified computer forensic examiner, law professor and electronic evidence expert, will be the keynote speaker for the e-discovery portion of the conference at the Capital Conference Center. Ball has dedicated his career to teaching the bench and bar about forensic technology and trial tactics.

Cost to attend is free for all students. For others, it is either $60 for the Information Security and Digital Forensics, or $120 for Electronic Discovery portions of the conference.

To see the Huntington schedule, visit:

To see the Charleston schedule, visit:

To register, go to:

Other speakers include Dr. Marcus Rogers of Purdue University, Dr. Gary Kessler, of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Dave Kennedy, the founder and principal security consultant for TrustedSec. Kennedy testified before Congress regarding the security of He has also made appearances on Fox News, BBC and other media outlets.

A full list of speakers and the schedule can be found here:

Lawyers, judges, digital forensic examiners, network security professionals, and law enforcement personnel are all stakeholders when it comes to digital evidence.

Sponsors for this year's conference are:

  • Jackson Kelly PLLC
  • Marshall University Department of Integrated Science & Technology
  • Marshall University Forensic Science Center
  • Marshall University Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Syngress Publishing
  • McGraw Hill Education
  • Make It Urz

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