International High Tech Crime Investigation Conference to be Held in Indian Wells

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Cyberbullying, child exploitation, investigator development and brand protection to be among topics presented

investigators networking at the HTCIA conference

Networking is among the opportunities the HTCIA conference affords.

Our conference, like our association, was formed to help investigators understand, respond to and anticipate the impact that high technology has on crime.

Detectives, corporate investigators, prosecutors and information security professionals from across the globe will be in Indian Wells this coming week for a three-day conference on high technology crime.

More than 500 people are registered for the annual High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) International Training Conference & Exposition, being held Monday through Wednesday at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa.

“High tech crime encompasses everything from data theft via hacking, to child pornography, to counterfeit goods sold via online auctions and false websites,” said Duncan Monkhouse, HTCIA International President. “Our conference shows investigators the newest tools and techniques that helps them gather digital evidence, acquire intelligence, analyze information and ultimately, catch and bring down the criminals.”

During the conference, experts from local companies and agencies will present. Featured topics include:

-- Challenges with investigating and prosecuting child pornography cases (from Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Marc Beaart)

-- Identification and investigation of music piracy (with Marcus Cohen, Tom Rackleff and Jim Orr of the Recording Industry Association of North America)

-- Doing more with less in digital forensics labs (from Jason Weiss, Jim Watkins and Baden Gardner of the Orange County Regional Computer Forensics Lab)

-- Building the cyberwarriors of tomorrow (led by educators Dan Manson and Anna Carlin, of the California State Polytechnic University at Pomona)

-- Investigation of cyber bullying (with Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Fairtlough)

In addition, the conference's sponsors will be providing hands-on labs on a wide range of topics, from social network investigations to GPS device forensics to malware evidence discovery and analysis. The Monday morning keynote address will be given by Clifford Stoll, a noted astronomer who successfully investigated hacker Marcus Hess in 1986. His 1989 book, The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage, detailed his experiences.

“Our conference, like our association, was formed to help investigators understand, respond to and anticipate the impact that high technology has on crime,” said Ronald Wilczynski, chairman of the HTCIA's 2011 Conference Committee and the organization's first vice president. “We look forward to providing our participants with the knowledge and networking opportunities they need, not just to do their jobs, but to set the standard for how to investigate.”

The HTCIA will also present its annual Lifetime Achievement, Case of the Year, and Chapter of the Year Awards. Winners this year are Ken Citarella of New York; James Eichbaum, Jim Cook, Aaron Sunseri, Con Maloney and Chuck Gillingham of the Central Valley and Bay Area regions; and the HTCIA's Southern California chapter, respectively.

About HTCIA

The High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) is designed to encourage, promote, aid and effect the voluntary interchange of data, information, experience, ideas and knowledge about methods, processes, and techniques relating to investigations and security in advanced technologies among its membership. HTCIA is the largest organization worldwide dedicated to the advancement of training, education and information sharing information between law enforcement and corporate cybercrime investigators. Learn more at http://www.htcia.org.

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