CyberSocialCon 2023 Speakers

Amber Schroader

Amber Schroader, CEO & Founder, Paraben Corp.

Topic: Smartphones and Forensic Updates

Over the past three decades, Ms. Schroader has been a driving force for innovation in digital forensics. Ms. Schroader has developed numerous software programs, courses, and guides in the areas of recovering data from smartphones, computer hard drives, cloud, email, and gaming systems. Ms. Schroader’s established protocols for the seizure and processing of digital evidence that has been used by numerous organizations throughout the world. Ms. Schroader has coined the concept of the “360-degree approach to digital forensics” and “Forensics of Everything-FoE” with her focus to unique problems in digital evidence and solutions. Ms. Schroader has been a huge industry influence in pushing for a big-picture consideration of the digital evidence. Ms. Schroader continues to support through book contributions and other industry speaking engagements.

Matt Knight

Jesse Ward, Onboarding and Implementation Manager, Pagefreezer

Topic: Conducting Investigations on Social Media: Collection and Review of Social Media Data at Scale

Jesse Ward, Manager is an open-source intelligence specialist based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is in charge of ensuring the successful implementation of WebPreserver, a website and social media evidence capture solution from Pagefreezer, as well as continued customer satisfaction.

Greg Tassone

Greg Tassone, DA Investigator, High Tech Crimes - Nevada County

Topic: Using Open Source/Free Tools for Memory Acquisition and Triage

Greg Tassone is the DA Investigator over High Tech Crimes investigations in Nevada County, CA. Formerly a CHP Investigator on the statewide Computer Crimes Investigation Unit (CCIU), he was also assigned as a federal Task force Officer with the FBI's Cyber Squad in Sacramento, CA. He is a Forensic Partner with the US Secret Service and a graduate of multiple programs from their National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI). Previously, he worked for the high-tech sector in private industry and has over 30 years of computer and software development experience.

Keven Hendricks

Keven Hendricks, Detective, Ubivis Project

Topic: The Rise of Dark Web Extremism

Keven Hendricks is a 16-year veteran detective with a municipal police department and has served as a task force officer for two separate federal agencies. He is a published author with the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin and American Police Beat and currently works as an instructor for Street Cop Training & Noble, teaching a class for law enforcement on dark web and cybercrime investigations. He is a certified cybercrime examiner and certified cybercrime investigator by the National White Collar Crime Center, a certified cryptocurrency investigator through the Blockchain Intelligence Group, and a certified digital asset professional through the Global Digital Asset & Cryptocurrency Alliance. He is the founder of StopDarkwebDrugs.com

Adam Firman

Adam Firman, Tech Evangelist, MSAB

Topic: Finding a Diamond in the Dumpster, Decoding RAM in Mobile Forensics

With over 15 years of experience as a police officer specializing in digital investigations, Adam is a seasoned digital forensic analyst with a wealth of experience in law enforcements. Since leaving his tenure in law enforcement in 2019, he has ventured into the private sector, where he gained valuable international exposure in digital forensics, and is currently serving as a tech evangelist for MSAB. Throughout his impressive career, Adam has tackled a diverse range of high-profile cases that involved analyzing digital evidence and data from a variety of sources, including computers and mobile devices. He is a sought-after speaker who has presented at criminal proceedings, conferences, and universities, both nationally and internationally, sharing his knowledge and experience in digital forensics.He is committed to mentoring and guiding students towards their professional goals and has frequently been a guest lecturer at local universities. He is also the host of the Forensic Fix Podcast.

Mike Bates

Mike Bates, Technical Sales Engineer: North America, Detego Global

Topic: The AI Revolution in Digital Forensics: Detego Global's Game-changing Analytics

With nearly 30 years of experience in law enforcement, Mike Bates has a proven track record of success. He most recently served as a Sergeant overseeing a detective unit, where he led a team of investigators in conducting digital forensics investigations to uncover crucial evidence in homicide cases.

Currently, Mike works as a Technical Sales Engineer at Detego Global, where he is dedicated to providing exceptional service to customers. He offers comprehensive product training and support to ensure that customers have the resources they need to achieve success. In addition, he conducts demos and presentations for potential clients to showcase the innovative solutions offered by Detego Global.

Rich Frawley

Rich Frawley, Director of Training, ADF Solutions

Topic: Digital Evidence on the Frontline - Best Practices for Capturing the “Here and Now” from Victims and Witnesses

Richard T. Frawley, Director of Training and Digital Forensic Specialist with Advanced Digital Forensics Solutions (ADF Solutions) for the last 7 years, spent 23 years in Law Enforcement, 17 of those years as an investigator and Digital Forensic Examiner with the Milford Connecticut Police Department, and was a founding member of the MPD Computer Crime Unit established in 2000. Richard Worked on several high profile cases and worked with numerous local, state and federal agencies. Richard currently develops training and teaches current law enforcement and digital forensic practitioners around the world for ADF Solutions.

Jansen Cohoon

Jansen Cohoon, President, V2 Forensics

Topic: Droning on: The Life and Death of UAS

Jansen Cohoon has 20+ years background in Academia, Law Enforcement and the Private Sector with in the Digital Forensics industry. He was the President of a leading mobile forensics company, and has now begun anew with V2 Forensics building up extensive UAS / sUMS / Drone forensics research and more.

Justin Tolman

Justin Tolman, Forensic Subject Matter Expert and Evangelist, Exterro

Topic: Investigating User and System Activity related to Data Exfiltration in Enterprise Environments

Justin Tolman has been working in digital forensics for 12 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Technology from BYU-Idaho and a master’s degree in Cyber Forensics from Purdue University. After graduating he worked as a Computer Forensic Specialist with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

He joined AccessData in 2015 as a senior instructor where he trained digital forensic professionals worldwide in forensic tools, concepts, and workflows. He was later promoted to Director of Training over North America. Justin has written training manuals on computer and mobile device forensics, as well as (his personal favorite) SQLite database analysis.

Justin currently works as the Forensic Subject Matter Expert and Evangelistat Exterro following the purchase of AccessData by Exterro. He is frequently presenting at conferences, on webinars, and hosts a podcast and produces YouTube content related to digital forensics and Forensic Toolkit.

Matt Danner

Matt Danner, Owner & Founder, Monolith Forensics

Topic: 5 Skills and Techniques that Will Make You a Better Digital Forensics Expert

Matt Danner is the Owner/Founder of Monolith Forensics and the lead developer of Monolith, a case and evidence management system for digital forensics. Before working on Monolith full time, he was a DFIR professional with 10 years of experience working for organizations in both the public and private sector. Matt regularly offers services as a forensics expert/consultant to clients to maintain his skillset and to stay on top of forensic trends and practices.

Brian Carrier

Brian Carrier, CEO, Sleuth Kit Labs

Topic: Anatomy of an Attack – Using System Roles In Your Ransomware Investigation

Brian is the founder and CEO of Sleuth Kit Labs, a spin-out of BasisTech, which builds software for incident response, digital forensics, and custom mission needs. He is the author of the book File System Forensic Analysis and the developer of several open-source digital forensics analysis tools, including The Sleuth Kit and Autopsy. Brian has a Ph.D. in computer science from Purdue University and worked previously for @stake as a research scientist and the technical lead for their digital forensics lab and incident response team. 

Brian Napierala

Brian Napierala, Senior Analyst – Open Source and Cyber Investigations, Hetherington Group

Topic: Proper Collection, Documentation, and Presentation of Open Source Information in Court Proceedings

Mr. Napierala joined Hetherington Group in December 2021. As a Senior Investigative Analyst, he performs complex investigations and oversees the work of junior analysts. Mr. Napierala is adept at identifying needs and constraints within investigative and reporting processes and utilizes his skills to develop and improve Hg services. He maintains current understanding of hundreds of databases and leading industry software, including LexisNexis, Accurint, CLEAR, Factiva, and similar software platforms. Mr. Napierala also ensure that Hg’s open source and cyber investigation capabilities are ahead of the curve by staying ahead of changes in the social media landscape and investigative capabilities. Mr. Napierala is a contributor to Hg’s training and educational services including FactSheets, blogs, and webinars, and a regular presenter of Hg’s online courses.

Mr. Napierala brings to Hg over a decade of business development leadership and investigative dexterity within the insurance industry. With curiosity and resilience, he has developed industry leading investigative products and investigative methodologies to combat fraud within the insurance industry. Mr. Napierala’s extensive experience includes managing projects and generating revenue growth for multi-million-dollar organizations that provided B2B investigative solutions to multi-billion-dollar insurance carriers. During his tenure at Insight Service Group (2018-2021), he played a critical role in acquisition due diligence, vetting potential acquisition targets for financial stability and revenue growth projections, which culminated in four successful acquisitions. From 2014-2018, he served as Desktop Investigations Manager at Claims Verification Inc., where he developed digital investigative processes and procedures for all departments and trained all new hires on technique and methodology. Mr. Napierala holds a Bachelor of Science with a major in Criminal Justice from Hilbert College (2009). He is a member of Buffalo Claims Association (2019-present), NYSSIU (2019-present), and ACFE (2017-present).

Todd Shipley

Todd Shipley, President, Dark Intel

Topic: The Dark Web, What You Thought You Knew and What is Real

Todd is an American Cyber Security expert and former President of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) and was the 2023 recipient of the HTCIA Life-time Achievement Award. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (ACFE), a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE)) and a Certified Cyber Crime Investigator (NW3C). He is a retired Cyber Crimes Senior Detective Sergeant and a U.S.A.F combat veteran. He currently speaks and trains globally regarding technology investigations and the Darkweb. He is President of Dark Intel, a company that researches and documents the Darkweb.

Todd has participated with the U.S. Dept. of Justice on several projects including as a planning panel member drafting manuals and guidance to assist law enforcement investigation of technology crimes. He co-authored the book Investigating Internet Crimes: An Introduction to Solving Crimes in Cyberspace and various other articles. He has been a guest lecturer at the Canadian Police College’s Advanced OSINT course and as a subject matter expert assisting Interpol on Darknet investigations projects. Todd was featured as an expert on Internet investigations in the Alex Winter documentary movie “Deep Web”. Todd regularly appears in the news as an expert on technology investigations.

Robert Gaines

Robert Gaines, Director of Cybersecurity and Privacy Advisory, PKF O'Connor Davies

Topic: Conducting Business Email Compromise Investigations: Techniques and Tools

Bob Gaines has almost 30 years of experience in the information technology (IT) field. Bob specializes in cybersecurity and understands how key processes can protect a client’s confidentiality, integrity and data security in a regulated environment.

He has managed global incident response for international businesses, with a focus on investigation, forensics, business continuity and disaster recovery. His extensive background in security enables him to support clients in a wide variety of industries, including: manufacturing, engineering, hospitality, healthcare, government, law enforcement, utilities, education, retail, real estate and insurance. Bob has served as a virtual information security officer (vISO) for several multibillion-dollar organizations. He has also built, supported and maintained technical environments for hundreds of U.S. clients.

Bob has been interviewed by several news outlets, including Fox Business, Business News Daily and Processor Magazine, as a leader in the cybersecurity field.

Bob O'Leary

Bob O’Leary, Senior Solutions Architect US, Binalyze

Topic: The Evolution of Incident Response

Robert retired from the New Jersey State Police and where he established the Technology Crimes Investigation Unit. He has developed and conducted training in technology crime investigation and supervised the first New Jersey Statewide Computer Crimes Task Force. He also served as the Director of the NIJ Electronic Crime Technology Center of Excellence, a project established to build the capacity of State and Local Law Enforcement to prevent, investigate and prosecute technology crime and he was the Director of AccessData Professional Services. He has 25 years of experience in digital evidence examination, technology crime investigation, incident response and cyber security assessments. He is a member of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) and the High Technology Crimes Investigators Association (HTCIA). He has served on the Board of Directors of the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and as an advisor to the United Nations Innocence in Danger project. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University.

Dave Ryberg

Dave Ryberg, Director of Sales, Truxton Forensics

Topic: Start With the Where: Automating and Leveraging Geo Data in DFIR and OSINT Investigations

Dave Ryberg is the Truxton Sales Director for Probity Inc. His responsibilities include the marketing, sales, and training of Truxton Forensic Software. Before joining Probity in June of 2016, he was President and CEO of GPS Outfitters, a company that specialized in custom GPS solutions for defense contractors, national fleets, and the sporting goods markets. An expert in GPS, antenna, and tracking systems, Mr. Ryberg holds a Master’s Certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications form West Virginia University, a BS in Journalism from the University of Maryland, and Teacher’s Certificate in Marketing and Business Administration.

Tim Freda

Tim Freda, East Coast Regional Sales Manager, Vound Software

Topic: Evolve to Intella Investigator: Streamline Your Investigation Team

Tim Freda is Vound’s East Coast Regional Sales Manager.  Tim is a dynamic team player that focuses on personalized customer relations and customer success. His passion for sales stems from his love of educating others and helping them to efficiently solve problems.

When he’s not working, you can find Tim with his wife Candace, his two dogs, Minnie and Emmett, or on the golf course.

Kevin DeLong

Kevin DeLong, Founder, Cyber Social Hub

Topic: Keynote: Will A.I. become the new criminal tactic of choice?

Kevin has been conducting digital investigations since 2002 in both government and private sectors. He has served on multiple federal task forces, including the FBI, USSS, and US Marshal Service. He has trained countless other investigators from the FBI, NASA, ATF, HSI, USSS, CIA, US Military, and other global agencies.

After leaving law enforcement in 2012, he worked for a major forensic software vendor and has consulted for dozens more after starting his own business.  He created Cyber Social Hub in 2018 to help digital investigators network and have access to resources to help them in their careers.

He is a big fan of Haribo Gummy Bears, coffee, and yes... BOTH Star Wars and Star Trek.

Magnus Hedlund

Magnus Hedlund, Head of Sales and Strategic Alliances, Vespereye

Topic: RF Survey - What Is It and How Can It Help In Your Investigations?

Magnus Hedlund is a veteran in the industry with 11 years of experience from MSAB, Griffeye, ForensIQ One, and now Vespereye. Before that, he can add 15 years of experience within the more "traditional" IT industry.

Besides work, he enjoys spending time with his family or being out on the golf course trying to get the little white ball in the hole in as few strokes as possible.

Rob Fried

Rob Fried, Senior Vice President, Forensics & Investigations, Sandline Global

Topic: A Consultative Approach to Forensics

Robert B. Fried is a seasoned expert and industry thought leader, with 21 years of experience performing data collections and forensic investigations of electronic evidence. Robert is the Senior Vice President and Global Head of Forensics and Investigations for Sandline Global. Robert is a licensed Professional Investigator in Michigan and is a licensed Private Investigator in New York and South Carolina. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and a featured guest on industry podcasts. Robert is the author of the books, Forensic Data Collections 2.0: The Guide for Defensible & Efficient Processes and Forensic Data Collections 2.0: A Selection of Trusted Digital Forensics Content. He is also the author of PI Magazine’s CyberSleuthing Department, where he shares insightful content on topics relating to digital forensics, eDiscovery, data privacy, and cybersecurity.

Gary Hunt

Gary Hunt, Director, Digital Forensics & Investigations, Sandline Global

Topic: A Consultative Approach to Forensics

Gary is a qualified expert in digital forensics with over a decade experience in the field. He is highly skilled in forensic investigations and has testified as an expert witness over a dozen times. He is particularly versed in matters involving misappropriation of company resources, theft of intellectual property, and intentional destruction of data.

In his role as Director within the Digital Forensics & Investigations practice, Gary leads day-to-day operations, conducts forensic investigations, and provides expert witness and testimony services to our law firm and corporate clients. He has a reputation for taking complex technical information and breaking it down into more easily understood concepts, which will prove to be invaluable to our clients.

Gary graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in Computer Forensics, and has earned various certifications throughout his career, most notably the CCE ("Certified Computer Examiner") and GCFE (“GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner”) certification. His recent professional highlights include being the computer forensic expert for the Steven Avery defense ("Making a Murderer"), founding a regional forensic lab for a global eDiscovery service provider, and assisting in the build-out of the Forensics & eDiscovery infrastructure within a large social media company.

Amber Schroader, CEO & Founder, Paraben Corp.

Topic: Smartphones and Forensic Updates

Over the past three decades, Ms. Schroader has been a driving force for innovation in digital forensics. Ms. Schroader has developed numerous software programs, courses, and guides in the areas of recovering data from smartphones, computer hard drives, cloud, email, and gaming systems. Ms. Schroader’s established protocols for the seizure and processing of digital evidence that has been used by numerous organizations throughout the world. Ms. Schroader has coined the concept of the “360-degree approach to digital forensics” and “Forensics of Everything-FoE” with her focus to unique problems in digital evidence and solutions. Ms. Schroader has been a huge industry influence in pushing for a big-picture consideration of the digital evidence. Ms. Schroader continues to support through book contributions and other industry speaking engagements.

Jesse Ward, Onboarding and Implementation Manager, Pagefreezer

Topic: Conducting Investigations on Social Media: Collection and Review of Social Media Data at Scale

Jesse Ward is an open-source intelligence specialist based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is in charge of ensuring the successful implementation of WebPreserver, a website and social media evidence capture solution from Pagefreezer, as well as continued customer satisfaction.

Greg Tassone, DA Investigator, High Tech Crimes - Nevada County

Topic: Using Open Source/Free Tools for Memory Acquisition and Triage

Greg Tassone is the DA Investigator over High Tech Crimes investigations in Nevada County, CA. Formerly a CHP Investigator on the statewide Computer Crimes Investigation Unit (CCIU), he was also assigned as a federal Task force Officer with the FBI's Cyber Squad in Sacramento, CA. He is a Forensic Partner with the US Secret Service and a graduate of multiple programs from their National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI). Previously, he worked for the high-tech sector in private industry and has over 30 years of computer and software development experience.

Keven Hendricks, Detective, Ubivis Project

Topic: The Rise of Dark Web Extremism

Keven Hendricks is a 16-year veteran detective with a municipal police department and has served as a task force officer for two separate federal agencies. He is a published author with the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin and American Police Beat and currently works as an instructor for Street Cop Training & Noble, teaching a class for law enforcement on dark web and cybercrime investigations. He is a certified cybercrime examiner and certified cybercrime investigator by the National White Collar Crime Center, a certified cryptocurrency investigator through the Blockchain Intelligence Group, and a certified digital asset professional through the Global Digital Asset & Cryptocurrency Alliance. He is the founder of StopDarkwebDrugs.com

Adam Firman, Tech Evangelist, MSAB

Topic: Finding a Diamond in the Dumpster, Decoding RAM in Mobile Forensics

With over 15 years of experience as a police officer specializing in digital investigations, Adam is a seasoned digital forensic analyst with a wealth of experience in law enforcements. Since leaving his tenure in law enforcement in 2019, he has ventured into the private sector, where he gained valuable international exposure in digital forensics, and is currently serving as a tech evangelist for MSAB. Throughout his impressive career, Adam has tackled a diverse range of high-profile cases that involved analyzing digital evidence and data from a variety of sources, including computers and mobile devices. He is a sought-after speaker who has presented at criminal proceedings, conferences, and universities, both nationally and internationally, sharing his knowledge and experience in digital forensics.He is committed to mentoring and guiding students towards their professional goals and has frequently been a guest lecturer at local universities. He is also the host of the Forensic Fix Podcast.

Mike Bates, Technical Sales Engineer: North America, Detego Global

Topic: The AI Revolution in Digital Forensics: Detego Global's Game-changing Analytics

With nearly 30 years of experience in law enforcement, Mike Bates has a proven track record of success. He most recently served as a Sergeant overseeing a detective unit, where he led a team of investigators in conducting digital forensics investigations to uncover crucial evidence in homicide cases.

Currently, Mike works as a Technical Sales Engineer at Detego Global, where he is dedicated to providing exceptional service to customers. He offers comprehensive product training and support to ensure that customers have the resources they need to achieve success. In addition, he conducts demos and presentations for potential clients to showcase the innovative solutions offered by Detego Global.

Rich Frawley, Director of Training, ADF Solutions

Topic: Digital Evidence on the Frontline - Best Practices for Capturing the “Here and Now” from Victims and Witnesses

Richard T. Frawley, Director of Training and Digital Forensic Specialist with Advanced Digital Forensics Solutions (ADF Solutions) for the last 7 years, spent 23 years in Law Enforcement, 17 of those years as an investigator and Digital Forensic Examiner with the Milford Connecticut Police Department, and was a founding member of the MPD Computer Crime Unit established in 2000. Richard Worked on several high profile cases and worked with numerous local, state and federal agencies. Richard currently develops training and teaches current law enforcement and digital forensic practitioners around the world for ADF Solutions.

Jansen Cohoon, President, V2 Forensics

Topic: Droning on: The Life and Death of UAS

Jansen Cohoon has 20+ years background in Academia, Law Enforcement and the Private Sector with in the Digital Forensics industry. He was the President of a leading mobile forensics company, and has now begun anew with V2 Forensics building up extensive UAS / sUMS / Drone forensics research and more.

Justin Tolman, Forensic Subject Matter Expert and Evangelist, Exterro

Topic: Investigating User and System Activity related to Data Exfiltration in Enterprise Environments

Justin Tolman has been working in digital forensics for 12 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Technology from BYU-Idaho and a master’s degree in Cyber Forensics from Purdue University. After graduating he worked as a Computer Forensic Specialist with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

He joined AccessData in 2015 as a senior instructor where he trained digital forensic professionals worldwide in forensic tools, concepts, and workflows. He was later promoted to Director of Training over North America. Justin has written training manuals on computer and mobile device forensics, as well as (his personal favorite) SQLite database analysis.

Justin currently works as the Forensic Subject Matter Expert and Evangelistat Exterro following the purchase of AccessData by Exterro. He is frequently presenting at conferences, on webinars, and hosts a podcast and produces YouTube content related to digital forensics and Forensic Toolkit.

Matt Danner, Owner & Founder, Monolith Forensics

Topic: 5 Skills and Techniques that Will Make You a Better Digital Forensics Expert

Matt Danner is the Owner/Founder of Monolith Forensics and the lead developer of Monolith, a case and evidence management system for digital forensics. Before working on Monolith full time, he was a DFIR professional with 10 years of experience working for organizations in both the public and private sector. Matt regularly offers services as a forensics expert/consultant to clients to maintain his skillset and to stay on top of forensic trends and practices.

Brian Carrier, CEO, Sleuth Kit Labs

Topic: Anatomy of an Attack – Using System Roles In Your Ransomware Investigation

Brian is the founder and CEO of Sleuth Kit Labs, a spin-out of BasisTech, which builds software for incident response, digital forensics, and custom mission needs. He is the author of the book File System Forensic Analysis and the developer of several open-source digital forensics analysis tools, including The Sleuth Kit and Autopsy. Brian has a Ph.D. in computer science from Purdue University and worked previously for @stake as a research scientist and the technical lead for their digital forensics lab and incident response team. 

Brian Napierala

Brian Napierala, Senior Analyst – Open Source and Cyber Investigations, Hetherington Group

Topic: Proper Collection, Documentation, and Presentation of Open Source Information in Court Proceedings

Mr. Napierala joined Hetherington Group in December 2021. As a Senior Investigative Analyst, he performs complex investigations and oversees the work of junior analysts. Mr. Napierala is adept at identifying needs and constraints within investigative and reporting processes and utilizes his skills to develop and improve Hg services. He maintains current understanding of hundreds of databases and leading industry software, including LexisNexis, Accurint, CLEAR, Factiva, and similar software platforms. Mr. Napierala also ensure that Hg’s open source and cyber investigation capabilities are ahead of the curve by staying ahead of changes in the social media landscape and investigative capabilities. Mr. Napierala is a contributor to Hg’s training and educational services including FactSheets, blogs, and webinars, and a regular presenter of Hg’s online courses.

Mr. Napierala brings to Hg over a decade of business development leadership and investigative dexterity within the insurance industry. With curiosity and resilience, he has developed industry leading investigative products and investigative methodologies to combat fraud within the insurance industry. Mr. Napierala’s extensive experience includes managing projects and generating revenue growth for multi-million-dollar organizations that provided B2B investigative solutions to multi-billion-dollar insurance carriers. During his tenure at Insight Service Group (2018-2021), he played a critical role in acquisition due diligence, vetting potential acquisition targets for financial stability and revenue growth projections, which culminated in four successful acquisitions. From 2014-2018, he served as Desktop Investigations Manager at Claims Verification Inc., where he developed digital investigative processes and procedures for all departments and trained all new hires on technique and methodology. Mr. Napierala holds a Bachelor of Science with a major in Criminal Justice from Hilbert College (2009). He is a member of Buffalo Claims Association (2019-present), NYSSIU (2019-present), and ACFE (2017-present).

Todd Shipley

Todd Shipley, President, Dark Intel

Topic: The Dark Web, What You Thought You Knew and What is Real

Todd is an American Cyber Security expert and former President of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) and was the 2023 recipient of the HTCIA Life-time Achievement Award. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (ACFE), a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE)) and a Certified Cyber Crime Investigator (NW3C). He is a retired Cyber Crimes Senior Detective Sergeant and a U.S.A.F combat veteran. He currently speaks and trains globally regarding technology investigations and the Darkweb. He is President of Dark Intel, a company that researches and documents the Darkweb.

Todd has participated with the U.S. Dept. of Justice on several projects including as a planning panel member drafting manuals and guidance to assist law enforcement investigation of technology crimes. He co-authored the book Investigating Internet Crimes: An Introduction to Solving Crimes in Cyberspace and various other articles. He has been a guest lecturer at the Canadian Police College’s Advanced OSINT course and as a subject matter expert assisting Interpol on Darknet investigations projects. Todd was featured as an expert on Internet investigations in the Alex Winter documentary movie “Deep Web”. Todd regularly appears in the news as an expert on technology investigations.

Robert Gaines

Robert Gaines, Director of Cybersecurity and Privacy Advisory, PKF O'Connor Davies

Topic: Conducting Business Email Compromise Investigations: Techniques and Tools

Bob Gaines has almost 30 years of experience in the information technology (IT) field. Bob specializes in cybersecurity and understands how key processes can protect a client’s confidentiality, integrity and data security in a regulated environment.

He has managed global incident response for international businesses, with a focus on investigation, forensics, business continuity and disaster recovery. His extensive background in security enables him to support clients in a wide variety of industries, including: manufacturing, engineering, hospitality, healthcare, government, law enforcement, utilities, education, retail, real estate and insurance. Bob has served as a virtual information security officer (vISO) for several multibillion-dollar organizations. He has also built, supported and maintained technical environments for hundreds of U.S. clients.

Bob has been interviewed by several news outlets, including Fox Business, Business News Daily and Processor Magazine, as a leader in the cybersecurity field.

Bob O'Leary

Bob O’Leary, Senior Solutions Architect US, Binalyze

Topic: The Evolution of Incident Response

Robert retired from the New Jersey State Police and where he established the Technology Crimes Investigation Unit. He has developed and conducted training in technology crime investigation and supervised the first New Jersey Statewide Computer Crimes Task Force. He also served as the Director of the NIJ Electronic Crime Technology Center of Excellence, a project established to build the capacity of State and Local Law Enforcement to prevent, investigate and prosecute technology crime and he was the Director of AccessData Professional Services. He has 25 years of experience in digital evidence examination, technology crime investigation, incident response and cyber security assessments. He is a member of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) and the High Technology Crimes Investigators Association (HTCIA). He has served on the Board of Directors of the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and as an advisor to the United Nations Innocence in Danger project. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University.

Dave Ryberg

Dave Ryberg, Director of Sales, Truxton Forensics

Topic: Start With the Where: Automating and Leveraging Geo Data in DFIR and OSINT Investigations

Dave Ryberg is the Truxton Sales Director for Probity Inc. His responsibilities include the marketing, sales, and training of Truxton Forensic Software. Before joining Probity in June of 2016, he was President and CEO of GPS Outfitters, a company that specialized in custom GPS solutions for defense contractors, national fleets, and the sporting goods markets. An expert in GPS, antenna, and tracking systems, Mr. Ryberg holds a Master’s Certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications form West Virginia University, a BS in Journalism from the University of Maryland, and Teacher’s Certificate in Marketing and Business Administration.

Tim Freda

Tim Freda, East Coast Regional Sales Manager, Vound Software

Topic: Evolve to Intella Investigator: Streamline Your Investigation Team

Tim Freda is Vound’s East Coast Regional Sales Manager.  Tim is a dynamic team player that focuses on personalized customer relations and customer success. His passion for sales stems from his love of educating others and helping them to efficiently solve problems.

When he’s not working, you can find Tim with his wife Candace, his two dogs, Minnie and Emmett, or on the golf course.

Kevin DeLong

Kevin DeLong, Founder, Cyber Social Hub

Topic: Keynote: Will A.I. become the new criminal tactic of choice?

Kevin has been conducting digital investigations since 2002 in both government and private sectors. He has served on multiple federal task forces, including the FBI, USSS, and US Marshal Service. He has trained countless other investigators from the FBI, NASA, ATF, HSI, USSS, CIA, US Military, and other global agencies.

After leaving law enforcement in 2012, he worked for a major forensic software vendor and has consulted for dozens more after starting his own business.  He created Cyber Social Hub in 2018 to help digital investigators network and have access to resources to help them in their careers.

He is a big fan of Haribo Gummy Bears, coffee, and yes... BOTH Star Wars and Star Trek.

Magnus Hedlund

Magnus Hedlund, Head of Sales and Strategic Alliances, Vespereye

Topic: RF Survey - What Is It and How Can It Help In Your Investigations?

Magnus Hedlund is a veteran in the industry with 11 years of experience from MSAB, Griffeye, ForensIQ One, and now Vespereye. Before that, he can add 15 years of experience within the more "traditional" IT industry.

Besides work, he enjoys spending time with his family or being out on the golf course trying to get the little white ball in the hole in as few strokes as possible.

Rob Fried

Senior Vice President, Forensics & Investigations, Sandline Global

Topic: A Consultative Approach to Forensics

Robert B. Fried is a seasoned expert and industry thought leader, with 21 years of experience performing data collections and forensic investigations of electronic evidence. Robert is the Senior Vice President and Global Head of Forensics and Investigations for Sandline Global. Robert is a licensed Professional Investigator in Michigan and is a licensed Private Investigator in New York and South Carolina. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and a featured guest on industry podcasts. Robert is the author of the books, Forensic Data Collections 2.0: The Guide for Defensible & Efficient Processes and Forensic Data Collections 2.0: A Selection of Trusted Digital Forensics Content. He is also the author of PI Magazine’s CyberSleuthing Department, where he shares insightful content on topics relating to digital forensics, eDiscovery, data privacy, and cybersecurity.

Gary Hunt

Gary Hunt, Director, Digital Forensics & Investigations, Sandline Global

Topic: A Consultative Approach to Forensics

Gary is a qualified expert in digital forensics with over a decade experience in the field. He is highly skilled in forensic investigations and has testified as an expert witness over a dozen times. He is particularly versed in matters involving misappropriation of company resources, theft of intellectual property, and intentional destruction of data.

In his role as Director within the Digital Forensics & Investigations practice, Gary leads day-to-day operations, conducts forensic investigations, and provides expert witness and testimony services to our law firm and corporate clients. He has a reputation for taking complex technical information and breaking it down into more easily understood concepts, which will prove to be invaluable to our clients.

Gary graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in Computer Forensics, and has earned various certifications throughout his career, most notably the CCE ("Certified Computer Examiner") and GCFE (“GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner”) certification. His recent professional highlights include being the computer forensic expert for the Steven Avery defense ("Making a Murderer"), founding a regional forensic lab for a global eDiscovery service provider, and assisting in the build-out of the Forensics & eDiscovery infrastructure within a large social media company.

CyberSocialCon is Cyber Social Hub's annual online digital investigations conference.