Rokita to Host Computer Forensics Seminar for State and Local Investigators

Contact: AJ Freeney-Ruiz

Indianapolis, IN - Secretary of State Todd Rokita will host a seminar conducted by representatives from Purdue University aimed at teaching the intricacies of computer forensics to investigators from several state and local offices. Rokita's Securities Division, the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of the State Inspector General, the State Board of Accounts, the Clinton County Sheriff's Department, and the Hamilton and Marion County Prosecutors' Offices will all be in attendance for the program.

The course will be taught by Scott Ksander, a senior computer analyst and investigator with Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), and Marc Rogers, associate professor of computer technology.

"Computer forensics, also known as inforensics, is an important tool to anyone who investigates misdeeds today," Ksander said. "The computer is becoming the most frequent 'witness' to our activities, and it is important that state investigators be able to interview or interrogate this computer 'witness.'"

Purdue University will conduct the seminar on investigations involving information obtained from computers, and will educate state employees and investigators on computer forensics law, techniques on gathering evidence from computers, and demonstrations of computer forensics tools.

"As our office becomes a leader in securities fraud enforcement, many of the techniques we use can and should be shared with other offices and agencies fighting white collar crime," Rokita said. "Now that computers are becoming the weapon of choice of scam artists, training like this will allow us to level the playing field with wrongdoers who attempt to erase and conceal electronic information from authorities."