Digital Forensics for Emergency Managers

Our work is becoming more complicated every day.

by Eric Holdeman / April 9, 2019

When you think about the emergency management profession, we are typically stuck in our rut of the four or five phases (your choice what to use) of emergency management. The digital world keeps intruding into our everyday activities and even more so into disaster response and recovery.

With all those terabytes of information swirling around, there will undoubtedly come a time when a mistake is made or a crime is committed and you will need to find out what went wrong, why it went wrong, and who, if anyone is to blame. Thus we end up with digital forensics. 

I'm only sharing the item below with you because it is likely something that has not crossed your mind at this point. Digital forensics is another arrow for your quiver of things to shoot in the future. I expect that this forensics work is part of a larger cybersecurity capability that needs to be in place. If there is a young person who is thinking about getting into IT work, I would point them to a career in cybersecurity. They will have no trouble in becoming and staying employed for the rest of their lives. 

From an email I received: "As mobile phones continue to evolve to hold more data, support a larger number of apps, and increasingly utilize cloud storage, so too do the scope of crimes that can be committed using that technology. Digital forensics uses data from devices to help law enforcement and federal agencies solve crimes and businesses protect their data and intellectual property.

But, in order to adequately meet those needs and keep the public safe, there must be digital forensics investigators who are equipped with the training and resources to quickly and effectively parse, decode, and analyze the data.

Check out Oxygen Forensics, a leading digital forensics software company. "

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