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Digital Forensics for Attorneys: "Delete" Doesn't Mean What You Think

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Produced on September 24, 2016

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Course Information

Time 75 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

In this program, attorney and information security consultant Scott Aurnou presents an overview of digital forensics, with an emphasis on computer and mobile device forensics and the importance they play in both criminal and civil cases (as well as internal investigations). Mr. Aurnou begins the presentation with a general introduction to the subject matter by talking about the various forms of electronic data and the devices on which they are stored. He then discusses the digital forensic process in litigation and the precautions parties must take when handling and extracting data. He concludes his presentation with suggestions on how companies can establish procedures in order to avoid costly errors and minimize risks when responding to a security incident. Mr. Aurnou’s clear delivery of the subject matter and use of relevant cases make this program valuable for attorneys counseling clients who are dealing with digital forensic discovery issues and for managing their own firm's electronic data.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how electronic information is stored and the role of metadata
  2. Grasp the steps entailed in the proper preservation and analysis of electronic evidence
  3. Gain a fundamental comprehension of the computer forensic process
  4. Understand a lawyer’s role in the forensic process

This course originally appeared as a part of our September 2016 Bridge the Gap Event.

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Scott Aurnou

The Security Advocate

Scott Aurnou, Esq., CISSP is an attorney and founder of The Security Advocate, which helps organizations with information security and data privacy issues. This includes privacy and security awareness training, security consulting, compliance with cyber security and privacy laws and related legal concerns.

Scott spent over a decade as a litigation attorney in the NYC area, and served as lead counsel for a private client services group at Smith Barney. He uses his legal, security, and business background to make complex information security concepts easy to understand (and even entertaining on occasion) for non-technical audiences. He has published security related articles in national publications ranging from the New York Law Journal to SC Magazine. In addition, he has created and delivered numerous presentations on information security and data privacy issues for executives, managers, and professionals.

Scott is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT), Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and a Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP). He is admitted to practice law in New York, Colorado, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York; as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He is also the author of the Introduction to Information Security LiveLessons video training series for Pearson Publishing. 


Marc B.

Many important points and tips

igor o.

very interesting course

Saadya B.


Jonathan R.

Best CLE session--live or online--I have ever watched.

Mayu M.


Joseph C.

Some good tips

Marshall V.

A fascinating presentation. The presenter is extremely talented, knowledgeable and a good speaker.

Sarah Rheagan A.

great course!

Stephen C.

Very informative! Helped me learn about computer security. Yes, now I am scared. :p

Pat I.

Good stuff.

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