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2024 HTCIA Global Training Event

Join us the week of July 22nd, 2024 only in-person for timely educational sessions, engaging networking opportunities, and dedicated time to connect with sponsors.

This year’s conference includes topics related to Cloud forensics, Cryptocurrency investigations, qualifications of the digital forensic examiner as a witness, forensic analysis of data in an SQLite database, PowerShell of Incident Response, OSINT techniques, IOS Forensics and many more technology investigation topics.

In addition to the educational events, our annual awards for Case of the Year, Chapter of the Year and our Lifetime Achievement Award winners will be announced. We hope you will consider joining us in-person at our awards celebration to help celebrate the accomplishments of these outstanding individuals.

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Keynote Speakers

Rob Duhart

Rob Duhart
Vice President, Deputy CISO 

Rob serves as Vice President, Deputy CISO at Walmart. He leads the Security Services team which is focused on empowering the Information Security organization to maintain trust and enable the business. Rob oversees teams responsible for securely enabling the scaling of all Walmart businesses including retail, eCommerce, Health & Wellness, Financial Services and Global Supply Chain. The Security Services team also focuses on international security, mergers & acquisitions, security & technical assessment, and edge ingress.

Rob joined Walmart from Google, where he led teams responsible for building security, privacy, and content safety programs and capabilities across every Google product area (Chrome, Android, Youtube, Photos, Maps, and more). Rob also led security architecture, operations, and engineering teams at Cardinal Health and Ford Motor Company prior to Google. Prior to industry, Rob served as a security leader at the United States Intelligence Community and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for almost a decade. 

Rob enjoys cheering on the Tennessee Vols, collecting vinyl records, and perfecting the art of smoking brisket (WIP).

Conference Speakers

Jessica Hyde

Jessica Hyde

Jessica Hyde is an experienced forensic examiner in both the government and commercial sectors and speaker on Digital Forensic topics. She is the founder of Hexordia and an Adjunct Professor teaching Mobile Forensics in the Digital Forensics graduate program at George Mason University, where she achieved an MS in Computer Forensics. She is also involved in several community efforts including Chair of DFIR Review,  1st VP on the International Executive Committee of the High Tech Crime Investigation Association, and advisory board for Cyber Sleuths Lab. Her previous roles include Director of Forensics at Magnet Forensics, Senior Mobile Exploitation Analyst for Basis Technology, Senior at EY, and Senior Electrical Engineer at American Systems. Jessica is also proud to be a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Anthony Nettles

Anthony Nettles

Anthony Nettles, II is a graduate student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where he is currently pursuing his Master's in Cybersecurity. With a strong foundation as a CompTIA CySA+ certified professional, Anthony is deeply passionate about cybersecurity and possesses a keen interest in human-computing interaction (HCI) and robotics. He aspires to further expand his expertise by pursuing a Ph.D. in HCI in the fall of 2025. Anthony is not just a student; he is a technology enthusiast with a passion for experimentation and learning. His ultimate goal is to harness emerging technologies to create innovations that have the potential to positively impact the world.

James Darnell

James Darnell

James Darnell began his professional 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 agency’s computer forensics program manager. 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 also created, taught, and administered the USSS’ cell phone and skimmer forensics programs. Mr. Darnell is a former chair and vice-chair of the Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE) and a former chair of the NIST OSAC Digital Evidence Subcommittee. He is a member of the ASTM E30 Committee, the Washington state Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (CCoE) Industry Advisory Board, and is now an adjunct professor at Oklahoma State University.

Brandon Epstein

Brandon Epstein
Chief Forensic Officer
Medex Forensics

Brandon Epstein has served in law enforcement since 2007 and has been a digital forensic examiner since 2014. Brandon holds a Master of Science degree in Recording Arts – Emphasis Media Forensics as well as numerous digital forensic certifications. He is the chair of the Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence and is a member of the IAI’s Forensic Video Certification board, IACP Cybercrime and Digital Evidence committee, the American Academy of Forensic Science, and the NIST/OSAC Video/Imaging Technology and Analysis Subcommittee. Brandon is an adjunct professor in the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Forensic Science Program and regularly provides digital forensic instruction to local, state, and federal law enforcement officers nationwide and internationally.

Trey Amick

Trey Amick
Director, Technical Marketing & Forensic Consultants
Magnet Forensics

Trey Amick is a forensics investigator with a background in both law enforcement and corporate investigations. As a detective with the Rock Hill Police Department in South Carolina, Trey was sworn as a Special Deputy United States Marshal and supported the US Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force. Previously, he served in roles in both Patrol and Professional Standards. Most recently, as a corporate investigator, Trey managed the Enterprise Cyber Education and Awareness Team at Capital One, where he also served as part of the Cyber Technical Investigations Team. Trey is currently the Director of the Forensic Consultants at Magnet Forensics, where he assists in the development of Magnet AXIOM and AXIOM Cyber and provides skilled support to customers with his combined knowledge of Magnet’s tools and digital forensics.

Steve Gemperle

Steve Gemperle
Forensic Consultant
Magnet Forensics

Steve Gemperle was a Senior Special Agent with the United States Secret Service who specializes in cyber-crime. Steve joined the US Secret Service in 1999 and served with the US Secret Service until retiring in 2021. For the last decade of his career with the Secret Service he focused on computer crimes and served as Lab Director for the US Secret Service Southwest Regional Computer Forensic Lab. Steve has completed over 1900 forensic exams and 150 network intrusion investigations while working for the Secret Service, and has been recognized as one of the US Secret Service’s top network intrusion investigators.. After retirement, Steve joined Magnet Forensics as a Forensic Consultant.

Zaza Handy

Zaza Handy

Zaza Sophia Handy is a global Digital Forensics and Incident Response Consultant with a great passion for malware investigations and intrusion Forensics. She is well recommended for her investigations in ransomware attacks and business email compromise. 

Zaza has a BS. in Biological Sciences, MSc in Mobile Computing and Comms, multiple Cyber Security and DFIR career certifications and very useful skill set in host, network, mobile and cloud intrusion forensics.

Zaza has experience working in multiple sectors including Finance, Government, Health, Manufacturing and Insurance and have worked for multiple IT Security Consultancy businesses over the past 20 years. Her passion for her work is what every employer and business clients remember her for.

She will be visiting us from The United Kingdom where she lives with her two children Cisco and News.

She will be speaking about her confrontations with troublesome malware investigations (Wahala cases) and tactics she used to bypass challenges that they presented.

Zaza’s Mantra for this year is "A dragon should not be scared of fire"

Mariam Khader

Mariam Khader
Assistant Professor
Champlain College

Mariam Khader is an Assistant Professor at Champlain College, USA, who is highly recognized for her expertise in Computer Science, IT Security and Digital Criminology. She has earned her PhD and MSc in the respective fields and is currently a researcher at the Leahy Center, where she focuses on Mobile and Operating System Forensics as well as Big Data Forensics. Her research has been published in numerous international journals and presented at various conferences, where she has been able to share her insights with a wide range of audiences. In addition to working as a course author and speaker, Mariam has also worked as a freelance instructor, providing technical instruction to government and private firms as well as other organizations. She has obtained numerous professional certifications, such as CHFI, ECIH, CCNA, CCME, CCO, CCMP, CCPA, and OCF.

Ali Hadi

Alii Hadi
Program Director
Champlain College

Ali Hadi is a highly accomplished and experienced Senior Cybersecurity Specialist with 14+ years of professional experience in Information Technology. He is currently the Research Director for the Leahy Center for Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity and is working as a full-time professor and program director at the Computer and Digital Forensics Program at Champlain College, USA. He holds a PhD and MSc degree in Computer Information Systems, as well as a BSc degree in Computer Science. Throughout his professional career, Ali has earned more than 20 professional certifications. Ali is a sought-after consultant in the field of cybersecurity, offering expertise in areas such as digital forensics, incident response, adversary simulation, and malware analysis. He is also an established author, speaker, and freelance instructor, having provided technical training to government and private firms as well as other organizations. Ali continues to be an influential figure in the digital forensics community and is dedicated to promoting forensics education and research.

Herbert Joe

Herbert Joe

Registered Patent Attorney Herbert Joe is a Board Certified Forensic Examiner with 5 degrees, including 3 science degrees (B.S., M.A., M.S. [Cybersecurity]) and 2 law degrees (J.D., LL.M.). He has been involved in the forensic analyses of audio, acoustic, voice and video evidence for the past 37 years, and has testified in state and federal courts in civil and criminal cases throughout the U.S., as well as overseas. Mr. Joe’s area of legal expertise is Intellectual Property, where he is involved in most domestic and foreign aspects of patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights. Mr. Joe has testified as an expert witness in patent law in patent infringement cases. Representative clients include local, state and federal and foreign governmental agencies, public defenders and criminal defense attorneys, Fortune 100 companies and law firms across the U.S. Mr. Joe is a 15-Year Fellow of the Society of Legal Scholars, an Adjunct Graduate Faculty (Law) member, gives national and international presentations, and has consulted for ABC, BBC and FOX-TV, CSI:Miami, The Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, TMZ, People Magazine, and Dr. Phil.

Keven Hendricks

Keven Hendricks

Keven Hendricks is a law enforcement veteran with almost two decades experience, previously serving as a task force officer for two separate federal agencies. He is a published author with the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin and American Police Beat and currently works as an instructor for various police training agencies, teaching a class for law enforcement on dark web and cyber crime investigations. His expertise has been quoted articles for Washington Post, NPR, NY Magazine: Intellgencer, Wired, & The Economist.

He is a certified cybercrime examiner and certified cybercrime investigator by the National White Collar Crime Center, a certified cryptocurrency investigator through the Blockchain Intelligence Group, and a certified digital asset professional through the Global Digital Asset & Cryptocurrency Alliance. He is the founder of the Ubivis Project – and has presented at Conferences all over the world.

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Aaron Crews
Chief Product and Innovation Officer

As the Chief Product and Innovation Officer, Aaron Crews oversees the data, analytics and artificial intelligence strategies and operations across UnitedLex globally.  In this role, Aaron also leads the global delivery teams responsible for eDiscovery, Document Review, and Incident Response operations.

Leveraging an extensive skillset at the intersection of technology, business, and the law, Aaron guides team members in delivering integrated, data-centric solutions that support superior, outcome-centric legal strategies for a global client base.

Before joining UnitedLex, Aaron held two influential roles at Littler Mendelson—first as a litigating shareholder in the firm’s eDiscovery group and then as the firm’s Chief Data Analytics Officer. He has gained a unique understanding of the pressures clients face and how to leverage data to improve processes and outcomes from his previous roles as Senior Associate General Counsel and Head of eDiscovery at Walmart and General Counsel and Vice-President of Strategy at Text IQ.

Aaron earned his BA from the University of California, Davis and his JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law. He has lectured and published extensively on the topics of eDiscovery, Information Governance, Big Data, Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence. He and his teams have won numerous awards for designing and building cutting-edge legal solutions.

Steve Whalen

Steve Whalen

Steve Whalen, CFCE is a Co-Founder of SUMURI, a leading developer of services and products relating to digital evidence and computer forensics worldwide. Whalen’s experience in computer forensics dates back to 1997.

Whalen has developed and delivered forensic training to thousands of investigators and examiners through organizations such as the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS), the High Technology Crimes International Association (HTCIA), and the US Department of State Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program. Whalen has provided training throughout North America, Central America, Asia, Europe, Middle East, the Caribbean, Africa, and Oceania.

Whalen is also the creator of the Macintosh Forensic Survival Course (MFSC), PALADIN, RECON, and CARBON forensic software, and TALINO Forensic Workstations.

Previously, Whalen served over 15 years as a Delaware State Trooper. During that time, he worked as a detective with the Criminal Investigations Unit and served as their first full-time forensic examiner for digital evidence. Building off that experience, Whalen helped the Delaware State Police develop its first High Technology Crimes Unit in 2001, where he processed thousands of electronic items and devices containing digital evidence from hundreds of cases relating to intrusion, financial crimes, child sexual exploitation, narcotics, stalking, and homicides.


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Exhibiting is an excellent opportunity highlight your latest product and services, gain access to high tech crime investigators, decision-makers, and industry leaders who are eager to learn about what your company has to offer. In addition, there are many ways to further enhance your company’s presence through support opportunities, vendor showcases, presenting an educational session and much more. Take this chance to expand your business. Don't miss your opportunity to exhibit and influence among a qualified and engaged audience.

Choose from one of the following levels:

  • Platinum
  • Gold
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  • Sumuri
  • Hexordia
  • Monolith Forensics
  • Atola Technology

Tuesday, July 23, 2024

  • 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Vendor load in/set up

Wednesday, July 24, 2024

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am - Breakfast/Visit Vendors
  • 10:15 am - 10:45 am - Visit Vendors
  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm - Lunch/Visit Vendors
  • 1:45 pm - 2:15 pm - Visit Vendors
  • 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm - Visit Vendors

Thursday, July 25, 2024

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am - Breakfast/Visit Vendors
  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am - Visit Vendors
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Lunch/Visit Vendors
  • 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm - Visit Vendors
  • 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Visit Vendor
  • 3:30 pm - Breakdown

Plan Your Trip

Planet Hollywood

3667 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Reserve your room at Planet Hollywood under the HTCIA Group Rate of $129
Reservation Center - 866-317-1829 - A processing fee will charged if calling in your reservation.
Group Name: HTCIA Conference 2024 or SMHTC4
Group Rate is available until Sunday, July 7, 2024

Organizing Committee

Jessica Hyde

2nd VP
HTCIA International


David Ehrlich

Executive Director
HTCIA Office


Gilles Racine

HTCIA International


Denis Roussel

1st VP
HTCIA International


Ken Haynes

HTCIA International


Jeanette Foster

Meeting Planner
HTCIA Office

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