LCDI’s Student in the Spotlight for September


The LCDI’s Student in the Spotlight for September is David Paradise, as sophomore here at Champlain. From Swampscott, Massachusetts, David works as a Digital Forensic Research Assistant at LCDI, where he is involved in tool comparison and data recovery. To get to know him better, we asked him a few questions:

  • What would be your dream job after graduation?
    • ​I’m not exactly sure what sort of job I would want after graduation, possibly working for the government in some way.
  • ​What’s your favorite part about working at the Leahy Center?
    • The best part about working at the Leahy Center is that I get to test out all of the different forensics programs and get familiar with them way before we even touching them in a classroom environment, giving me some actual work experience.
  • Here’s the big debate: Mac or Windows?
    • Windows is definitely the operating system for me to go to. I’m simply more familiar with it but my goal is to get used to Linux.
  • What is your favorite thing to do outside of class and work?
    • My favorite thing to do in my free time is to hang out with my friends, whether it’s going downtown or playing some games.
  • What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your major?
    • The biggest challenge I’ve faced so far in my major is the sense of being overwhelmed by some of the information that you have to learn.
  • What’s your proudest moment?
    • Some of my proudest moments are when I can use my knowledge I’ve learned at the LCDI to easily answer a question in class.
  • What’s your favorite thing about your major?
    • The best thing about my major is that I’m getting to know more about computers in general so if I ever have any problems I can fix them myself instead of dealing with 3rd party people to fix something.
  • Where would you like to intern in the future?
    • Interning for the FBI or something along the lines of that would be awesome.
  • Is the forensic technology as advanced as television shows such as “CSI” portray?
    • If only it was that advanced, but that would make the job easy and boring.

Currently David is working on a Tool Comparison project and assisting on two other projects involving Network Interrogation and Tool and ZeitGeist Forensics.

More Research Projects
The Leahy Center Inventory Project
Social Media Footprint Awareness
My Experience on The VPN Comparison Team