Full Time Staff Instructors
Stephen combines more than 30 years of law-enforcement experience with in-depth expertise in today’s most pervasive Internet and computer technologies. During his tenure in both federal and civilian law-enforcement agencies Stephen has had the opportunity to see all facets of Computer Crime Investigations. Stephen began developing tools and training for the investigation of computer crime investigation in 1994 when assigned to the United States Army Military Police School at Ft McClellan, Alabama.
Pete McGovern is a Detective with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (FL) Digital Forensics Task Force. Pete has over 20 years in law enforcement. During this tenure, he has been working as a digital forensics examiner conducting digital investigations for local, state, and federal U.S. agencies dealing with all types of criminal activity.
In conjunction, Pete also works as a contract cyber training instructor for the U.S. State Department teaching various anti-terrorism digital forensic and investigation courses to foreign law enforcement personnel worldwide.
Pete served as an adjunct professor for Florida Atlantic University where he assisted in developing and teaching their computer crimes curriculum. He holds a Master’s Degree in Digital Forensics and two Undergraduate Degrees, one in Criminal Justice and the other in Information Technology. In addition, he has attended numerous specialized digital forensic training courses and holds several certifications in the digital forensics field to include Computer Forensic Certified Examiner (CFCE), EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE) and Cellebrite Certification. Pete is an active member with the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS - CFCE), High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) and High Tech Crime Consortium (HTCC).
John “JD” Parker started his law enforcement career after graduating high school when he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served from 1990 to 1995 as a Military Police Officer. In 1996, John was hired as a deputy with the Vernon Parrish Sheriff’s Office Louisiana where he supervised the jail staff and inmates. In 1997, JD left the sheriff’s office to accept a position with the Louisiana State Police. He spent 8 years at Troop D in Lake Charles, LA working in a patrol function. In 2005, JD was assigned to the Louisiana State Police Indian Gaming Unit. This assignment required him to investigate crimes relating to the casino environment. In 2009, JD was assigned to the Louisiana State Police Region II Criminal Investigations Division. This assignment requires him to conduct computer forensic exams, mobile device forensic exams and support the region when it comes to technical skills needed for an investigation. JD also conducts electronic counter measures, and wiretap operations throughout the state. JD has skills in both physical and technical surveillance. JD has experience with both GPS trackers and tracking mobile devices. JD is a member of the Louisiana State Police SWAT Crisis Negotiation Team and supports all technical issues when it comes to crisis situations.
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.
Since 2014 Sergeant Dan Boots has been with the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office in Victoria, TX, where he started as a member of the Special Crimes Unit working UC narcotics and street crimes. He has many duties including Digital Forensic Examiner/ Investigator, LE Technologist and a SWAT Operator. The bulk of his work load is assisting with the examination of mobile devices from narcotics and child exploitation cases.
Dan began his career in Law Enforcement in the TX Air National Guard under active orders at Lackland AFB, San Antonio in 2002 as a Security Forces Airman. In 2003, he deployed to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq during the first months of the War in Iraq. He served as a squad designated marksman, firearms instructor and training coordinator. Dan was also part of the team that evacuated the Super Dome after Katrina.
Dan worked for the Victoria PD from 2004-14, serving as a detective starting in 2008. He was the lead child sex crime detective, child death investigator and Cyber Crime investigator. He led the VPD to join the Houston Metro ICAC and start a Cyber Crime/Forensic Unit. Dan has worked with state, local and federal task forces in child exploitation and received forensics training from agencies such as the US Secret Service. He holds a TCOLE Master Peace Officer certification.
Chet Hosmer is the Founder of Python Forensics, Inc. a non-profit organization focused on the collaborative development of open source investigative technologies using the Python programming language. Chet has been researching and developing technology and training surrounding forensics, digital investigation and steganography for over two decades. He has made numerous appearances to discuss emerging cyber threats including National Public Radio's Kojo Nnamdi show, ABC's Primetime Thursday, NHK Japan, CrimeCrime TechTV and ABC News Australia. He has also been a frequent contributor to technical and news stories relating to cyber security and forensics and has been interviewed and quoted by IEEE, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Government Computer News, Salon.com and Wired Magazine.
Chet is the author of five recent Elsevier/Syngress Books:
• Passive Python Network Mapping,
• Python Forensics,
• Integrating Python with Leading Computer Forensic Platforms,
• Data Hiding which is co/authored with Mike Raggo,
• and Executing Windows Command Line Investigation, which is co/authored with Joshua Bartolomie and Ms. Rosanne Pelli
Chet serves as a visiting professor at Utica College in the Cybersecurity Graduate program where his research and teaching focus on advanced steganography/data hiding methods and the latest active cyber defense methods and techniques.
Chet is also an adjunct professor at Champlain College, where his research and teaching focus on applying the Python programming language to solve challenging problems in digital investigation and forensics.
Chet delivers keynote and plenary talks on various cyber security related topics around the world each year. He is also well-known as the Co-Founder of WetStone Technologies, Inc. a renowned cyber security organization developing malware and steganography solutions in use by Law Enforcement, Defense and the Private sector world-wide.