CompuForensics for Computer Forensics Training

CompuForensics Restricted List Server Activated

     In August 2010, the long promised CompuForensics restricted list server became a reality. The list server function is a part of the newly created CompuForensics Google Group, access to which is restricted to those having successfully completed CompuForensics college based computer forensics training. If you are a training graduate and your current email is on file with CompuForensics, you are already in receipt of an invitation. Other graduates can be manually added by sending CompuForensics their first and last name, current email, location (participating college or university) and dates of course attendance.

     The adjacent graphic depicts part of the CompuForensics group screen. While primarily a list server, members are additionally authorized to post files so long as their content is legal and on topic (computer forensics related). Messages posted can be read by other members of this group. Larger files, to include the current CompuForensics CDROM, will be available soon via a password protected website, to which group members will have access. Inappropriate files and discussion comments are subject to removal at the discretion of CompuForensics. Messages are automatically post and/or forwarded to members without prior review.

Non-Use of Government Endorsements & Seals

Although agents from most every major United States federal law enforcement and intelligence agency have attended our training, and our instructors are exclusively retired federal law enforcement agents, CompuForensics does not claim or infer the endorsement of any government agency. First, in over two decades of federal law enforcement service, I have never known a federal law enforcement agency to publicly endorse a commercial enterprise. To do so would presumably constitute a conflict of interest on the part of the recommending agency. Secondly, a reading of United State Criminal Code, 18 USC 1017, raises questions in my mind as to the prudence of affixing Government seals on non-Government websites. Government seals are also likely to be protected under federal copyright law. Admittedly, I am not an attorney and would defer questions as to the legality of affixing Government seals to commercial websites to the Office of the United States Attorney and/or criminal investigative arm of the affected Government agency.

Although many of our corporate students have offered signed testimonials as to the quality of CompuForensics training, it is our policy not to associate names or corporations with endorsements posted to this website. We appreciate our corporate customers, which include some of the largest companies in America, and elect not to trade on their good name.

Forensics is an Increasingly Competitive Industry

Computer forensics is among the fastest growing technical investigative and security specialties. Government investment in the field, an adjunct to computer crime, has seen impressive gains in the last two decades. Similar growth has also been manifested in the private sector during the last decade. While virtually no commercial field of endeavor is unaffected by global economic slumps, computer forensics has faired far better than most due to the continuing short supply of competent manual forensic analysts. Increasing numbers of computer industry professionals are pursuing computer forensics expertise as a hedge against widespread corporate downsizing. Others form their own computer forensics small businesses, attracted by the $150 to $250 per hour rates typical in many large metropolitan areas. That being said, marginally trained pseudo examiners and mere automated application operators are finding it increasingly difficult to compete as the legal system and prospective clients become more technically discriminating. 

Like computer forensics, the appeal of CompuForensics courses has grown not only in popularity, but in availability as well. While courses continue to attract members of federal, state and local law enforcement as well as the military and civilian intelligence communities, our university based training has also become popular with some of the largest employers in America, such as financial institutions, heavy industry, telecommunications and health providers. More recently, small businesses and independent professionals have joined our classes.

Since CompuForensics' establishment in 1998, competitors in the field of computer forensics training have come and gone, some large corporate efforts lasting only a few months. In fact, CompuForensics courses were initially provided through one of America's largest corporations. Some other surviving trainers have restricted themselves to niche markets, providing instruction in the use of a particular automated application and very little else.

The secret to the survival of this Tennessee based small business is obvious to our students. Working through established universities and colleges, our instructors bring real world experience and in-depth technical knowledge to meet the needs of large and small concerns alike. Student comments like "the best course I've ever taken", "uniquely worth the money" and "looked forward to each class" are commonplace. The one often repeated complaint is they've taken all three courses and want more. In response to their requests, movement is afoot with some of our academic associates to not only expand CompuForensics offerings but to integrate them into law enforcement and technical degree programs.

Even though computer forensics is a growth industry, we attempt to give our students an edge. We don't stop at teaching theory and application. Emphasis is placed upon applying what they've learned in the real world, whether it be a courtroom or a boardroom. Our students further receive guidance in effectively marketing their computer forensics skills, both within their organization and the open marketplace. 

Successful graduates are offered a free listing on the CompuForensics web site analysis page. Students having completed both the Basic and Advanced Examiner courses or the current 'live' on-line 12-week Forensics Examiner course are given log in access to a password protected computer forensics support forum.

A High Value Leader with a Proven Track Record

How can CompuForensics offer high quality training at a fraction of the cost normally charged? The answer is size and operating expense. As a small business, CompuForensics does not have the overhead associated with larger concerns. Except for university and college course listings, advertising is largely by word of mouth, uncompensated news coverage and the Internet. CompuForensics passes savings through to the student, issuing each with an illustrated multimedia (CD/floppy) student notebook and hundreds of dollars worth of commercial software.

John Seither, proprietor of CompuForensics, has taught computer forensics to federal, state and local law enforcement officers for more than a decade. In additional to being a regular guest instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy, he has in recent years provided interagency training in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. He was the founder and driving force behind the Houston Area Technical Support (HATS) interagency group, which reached a membership of over 800 law enforcement members from as far away as England and Australia. The now disbanded HATS organization provided the nucleus for the Houston chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association.

Following retirement in late 1998 after a quarter century as a senior and supervisory federal law enforcement agent, John Seither began work on computer forensics training in association with TASC, a subsidiary of the giant Litton Corporation. Litton/TASC computer forensics course offerings include a one-day course for managers and a one-week course for investigators. Both courses were developed by CompuForensics for TASC. The TASC Manager's course was initially prepared during the summer of 1999 and has been provided twice in Washington, DC and once in New York to law enforcement and corporate security managers. The TASC Investigator's course was initially prepared during the summer and fall of 1999 and provided in October 1999 at the United States Secret Service in New York City to law enforcement and corporate security investigators associated with the Economic Crimes Task Force. It was given at TASC in northern Virginia from March 27-30, 2000.

During the spring of 2000, CompuForensics began work with Wright State University to develop computer forensics and Internet crime training for criminal and corporate investigators. In recent years, CompuForensics training has been available live online through the Universities of Texas and Tennessee.

CompuForensics, Rev. May 11, 2015