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April 18, 2016

Seventh annual Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence Conference to be hosted by Forensic Science Center

Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence (AIDE) logo

The Marshall University Forensic Science Center is hosting the seventh annual Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence (AIDE) Conference April 18–22 to provide training in digital forensics, evidence recovery and information security.

A wide array of training is being offered for professionals and students in the fields of law, digital forensics, law enforcement and information security.

New to the conference this year is a Health Care Information Security track that will be held Tuesday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 4:50 p.m.

The conference will take place at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center and runs from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, April 18; 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 19; and 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, and Friday, April 22.

On Wednesday, April 20, a program called “Explore Digital Forensics and Cyber Security” will be held at Marshall’s Forensic Science Center from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. for high school students to learn about digital forensics and information security. It is anticipated up to 40 students coming from as far away as Beckley, West Virginia, and Louisville, Kentucky, will participate in the event.

John Sammons, an assistant professor in Marshall’s Integrated Science and Technology department, is president of AIDE and was an original organizer of the organization. “Our objective is to expose the high school students to the fields of digital forensics and information assurance so they have a good idea of what these disciplines entail,” he said. “Each of the students will get hands-on experience using the same tools used by the professionals. Lastly, we want to let them know about the educational and job opportunities in these fields.”

The high school students will receive a hands-on introduction about the software and hardware used by professionals, collect and document digital evidence, tour a working digital forensics laboratory and interact with faculty from Marshall University and working professionals.

Sammons said sessions on Thursday and Friday will feature internationally recognized speakers in digital forensics and information security.

Nationally recognized digital forensics and information security experts are from the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Purdue University, the National White Collar Crime Center, Syngress, eTerra, Solutionary, CommonSense.org, ConnexaHealth, Doc Halo and other organizations.

Speakers also are from Marshall University, the Marshall University Forensic Science Center, the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall Health and Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Registration fees for the sessions at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center are due the first day of attendance. Registration is $60 for nonmember professionals to attend the Information Security and Digital Forensics sessions. Attendance is free for students with a valid ID.

The conference is approved for 25-hours of inservice credit for West Virginia law enforcement.

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

www.appyide.org/events

Sponsors of the event are Jackson Kelly PLLC, the Marshall University Department of Integrated Science and Technology; and the Marshall University Forensic Science Center and its Forensic Science master’s degree program, as well as eTerra, Commonsense.org and TrustedSec LLC.



  • Mary Thomasson
  • Public Information Officer

  • Marshall University
    Forensic Science Center
  • 1401 Forensic Science Drive
  • Huntington, WV 25701