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October 11, 2006 11:00am – 1:00pm EDT
Best Practices in Computer Forensics
- Detective Andy Kleinick, Director, Computer Crime Unit, LAPDLearn More
- Lee Imrey, IT Security Architect, US Department of JusticeLearn More

- Gerard Cocuzzo
, Unit Chief , Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, FBI
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Investigation Tools and Techniques

Computer forensics, once a little known field associated more with police investigation work, is gaining attention in corporate IT as unrelenting attacks on computer databases and networks increase. And with the new e-discovery rules taking effect in December, IT’s involvement in supporting legal investigations is essential for successful civil or criminal prosecution.

Realizing the need to discover information and evidence stored in computer systems, IT executives are turning to computer forensics and making it an important part of their IT toolkit.

Listen to computer forensics experts share their investigation tools and techniques:

  • Developing computer incident response technique
  • Recovering sabotaged and deleted files
  • Recovering and analyzing email and chat room information; information from IP, cellular phones and PDAs
  • Password cracking, imaging suspect drives with accuracy when gathering evidence for court

Take away points include:
  • Understanding the requirements of forensic investigation; qualifications of personnel
  • Investigating breach of information systems
  • Collecting and analyzing digital information that will hold up in court
  • Conducting cost-effective internal forensics
  • CSOs,
  • CISOs,
  • CIOs,
  • VPs, & Directors of IT
  • VPs, & Directors of Network Security
  • VPs, & Directors of Forensics
  • Security Mangers
  • General Counsels
  • Corporate Counsels
  • VPs, Directors of HR


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Gerard Cocuzzo, Unit Chief, Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, FBI


Gerard J. Cocuzzo is an 18-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  He began his career in the Miami Division while pursuing a degree in criminal justice from Florida Atlantic University .  In 1994, he entered the FBI Academy , and upon successful completion of New Agent’s training, was assigned to the New York Division’s Violent Crimes Section where Special Agent (SA) Cocuzzo investigated bank robberies, kidnappings, and extortions.  In March 2001, SA Cocuzzo transferred to New York ’s Counterterrorism Division and was part of the team investigating the bombing of the USS Cole in Aden , Yemen where 17 American sailors were killed and another 39 injured as a result of this attack.  Following the strikes on the World Trade Center in September 2001, as a team leader on New York ’s Evidence Response Team, SA Cocuzzo was tasked to supervise the FBI’s morgue operations in coordination with the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office.  In May 2002, SA Cocuzzo returned to the Counterterrorism Division where he joined one of the first investigative teams to travel to Guantanamo Bay , Cuba to conduct interviews of suspected al Qaida members.


In October 2002, SSA Cocuzzo was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) status in the FBI Laboratory Division’s Evidence Response Team Unit (ERTU).  His responsibilities included managing the FBI’s Underwater Search and Evidence Response Team (USERT) capabilities, coordinating the FBI’s forensic response to special events, such as the 2004 Summer Olympics, as well as various advanced forensic training initiatives.  During SSA Cocuzzo’s tenure, the USERT grew from a staff of 12 to 45 and expanded operations to cover four major U.S. cities including New York , New York ; Washington , D.C. ; Miami , Florida , and; Los Angeles , California .  After nearly three years heading the USERT, SSA Cocuzzo was appointed in August 2005 to lead the Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (RCFL) Program – a national network of one-stop, full-service digital evidence laboratories and training centers that are devoted entirely to the examination of digital evidence in support of local, state, and federal criminal investigations.

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