THE ECHO BLOG
LIVING ON THE LAKE
POSTED JULY 28 AT 12:54 PM
By Jessie Forand/ECHO
|How do we manage our information? What can computers and networks tell about us?
Thursday, March 3, 2011, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington Waterfront, Burlington, VT.
A mind expanding thought provoking evening for adults,
exploring challenging topics with industry experts.
How do we protect ourselves on the internet? How are we
moving globally and individually with the internet? Is the
internet stronger or weaker in terms of its resistance to
failure because of random problems or an actual attack? Join us
in conversation with Gary Kessler, Gary Kessler Associates,
Computer & Internet Security & Forensics.
Free event for 21+ with cash bar and themed drink; FREE hors
d'oeuvres sponsored by VT Sigma Xi, Scientific Research
A bio about Gary Kessler:
Gary Kessler is the president and janitor of Gary
Kessler Associates, a training and consulting company
specializing in computer and network security and
digital forensics. Gary is also a member of the Vermont
Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and
an Adjunct Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University
(Perth, Western Australia). Gary is a former Associate
Professor, and creator and director of the Computer &
Digital Forensics (B.S.) and Digital Investigation
Management (M.S.) programs, at Champlain College.
Gary was instrumental in the adoption of computer
crime legislation in Vermont (1999) and is the founding
chair of the Vermont InfraGard chapter (2001). He is a
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP),
Certified Computer Examiner (CCE), and on the board of
directors of the Consortium of Digital Forensic
Specialists (CDFS). Gary has an M.S. in Computer Science
from UVM and a Ph.D. in Computing Technology in
Education from Nova Southeastern University. He is the
co-author of two professional texts and over 70
articles, a frequent speaker at regional, national, and
international conferences, and editor-in-chief of the
Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law.
Gary is also a member of the Professional Association
of Dive Instructors (PADI), and is a divemaster and Open
Water SCUBA Instructor. More information about Gary can
be found at his Web site,
Some questions Gary will be considering in his
- Digital devices are ubiquitous in our society
today, ranging from mobile phones and notebook
computers to cameras and iPads. They are
increasingly the instrument, target, and/or record
keeper of criminal or other nefarious activity. As a
result, these devices are growing in importance as
sources of evidence in criminal investigations and
civil litigation. What does digital evidence tell
us? What can it tell us?
- Is something posted on Facebook, My Space, etc. fair
game for search by employers, prospective employers,
schools, police, and others?
- Challenges to digital evidence. What does it
tell us? What can it tell us?
- In the physical world, "theft" is generally defined
as taking something that doesn't belong to you with --
and this is important -- the intent to permanently
deprive the owner of that thing. What is theft, then, in
cyberspace where a copy of the original is left behind?
- What does it mean that "information wants to be
- How much can we control our "private" information?
To wit: Who owns what's in your head? Who owns what's on
your Web site? Who owns "your" information that you put
on someone else's Web site (aka a social networking