LCDI’s Enfuse Experience: A Grad Student’s Perspective
I was very fortunate to be selected to attend Guidance Software’s Enfuse 2016 conference as a part of the LCDI delegation. At the time, I was a non-traditional student who had chosen to come back to college after many years of prior work. My previous job had me attend several conferences, but I had never been to Enfuse, which had historically been referred to as CEIC. To have the opportunity to go to such an event was awesome and I must thank Champlain College for it.
The trip was worth the effort. While in Las Vegas, I ran into fellow CPS students and former co-workers. I made sure to attend as many informational sessions as I could, and between I learned a lot about Guidance Software’s products and got up to speed with the challenges facing the digital forensics and cybersecurity community today. A very notable experience was listening to the keynote speaker, Dr. Jennifer Golbeck, talking about Big Data analysis to learn more about people and how research and technology can be used in future products and services to prevent security incidents.
As an older student, I wasn’t sure if I was going to fit in with my peers. As it happened, I had nothing to worry about! There was never a dull moment; friendly fellow students were on my flights to and from Burlington, my roommates at the hotel room in Caesar’s Palace were awesome, and some of Champlain College’s friendly and professional Career Services staff attended events with us and were great company. I got to see them help students establish professional connections – I even helped out when I could!
The biggest thing I learned was that Guidance Software is getting involved in Endpoint Security. EnCase Enterprise, as I last knew it, has changed names and has been leveraging its ability to remotely evaluate systems. This was important to me because my current job in Information Security at the University of Vermont Medical Center was planning on introducing EnCase Endpoint Security as one of its network security tools. Another thing I learned: the EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE) certification is not extremely difficult, provided you know what you’re doing and you prepare by really digging into the study guide. I hope Champlain College continues to take deserving students to EnFuse – it was an amazing experience!