Videos Simson Garfinkel, Disk Sanitization and Cross Drive Forensics (September 8, 2005)

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Simson Garfinkel, Disk Sanitization and Cross Drive Forensics (September 8, 2005)

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Dr. Simson Garfinkel, Harvard University
The Compelling Business Case for Information Security
September 8, 2005

at the
Naval Postgraduate School

What would you do with 236 used hard drives? Garfinkel’s five-year research program involving the recovery of data from used hard drives revealed significant personal information about the drives’ former owners. This work was then confirmed with a “trace back study,” in which the owners of the original data were contacted and interviewed.

Simson Garfinkel will discuss his current area of research – a set of exciting new forensic techniques called “hot drive discovery” and “cross-drive forensics;” tools that have the ability to redefine computer forensics as we know it.

Garfinkel will also discuss attempts in the US and private industry to deal with the data sanitization issue. He’ll explore whether these new regulations and business practices are likely to help or hinder both business and law enforcement

Bio: Simson L. Garfinkel is a researcher in the field of computer security and award-winning commentator on information technology. Currently a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard’s Center for Research on Computation and Society, Garfinkel’s research interests include computer security, the usability of secure systems, and information policy. He writes a monthly column for CSO Magazine, for which he was awarded both a 2004 and a 2005 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award.

Garfinkel is the author or co-author of fourteen books on computing. His most recent books are RFID: Applications, Security and Privacy, and Usability & Security.

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