As a senior‐level computer forensics executive with years of experience, Jim Carden is extensively trained in computer crime investigations and computer forensic examinations, and certified by the California Department of Justice and Department of Defense. He offers comprehensive knowledge of criminal investigations, alongside legal and investigative savvy at the local, state, and federal levels. Carden has also provided expert testimony in computer investigations and forensics and has held a top secret (TS/SCI) security clearance with both the Department of Defense and Department of Justice.
Carden’s law enforcement and military service experience include working as a detective and lead computer investigator with the Fairfield Police Department. In this capacity, he launched its Computer Crime Investigations program and served as the department’s lead computer crimes investigator. He was awarded the California Police Officer Standards Training (POST) Advanced Certification as a computer crimes investigator by the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation (ICI) and recognized by the department for his high level of training in computer forensics. He also served as a member of the elite Pararescue team (PJ’s) with the United States Air Force for more than 16 years,working with its Special Operations Command (AFSOC) and Air Combat Command (ACC).
As a computer forensics, digital evidence instructor, with the High Tech Crime Institute Inc. (HTCI), Carden worked with a group that offered a full range of services to meet local, state, and federal law enforcement needs. There, he served as a computer forensics and data exploitation instructor for its NATO Special Operations Forces (SOF) Training and Education Program (NSTEP), and also familiarized SOF operators with the process of triaging and processing captured digital materials in support of targeting and evidence‐based operations.