Digital Forensics expert/alumnus shares tips

Digital Forensics expert/alumnus shares tips with Computer Forensics class

Published: March 8, 2013.

Tinley Park Detective Tony Balzanto recently shared insights on his career in digital forensics with a Lewis University Computer Forensics class taught by Dr. Faisal Abdullah, interim chair and associate professor of Management Information Systems. Balzanto is also a Lewis University College of Business alumnus.

Balzanto spoke to the students about the various cases he had worked on and how the computer evidence was used to either convict or acquit a suspect. In an interactive and informal session, Balzanto discussed various career paths in corporate and criminal forensics field. He informed students about the growing demand for investigators of corporate fraud, espionage and employee misconduct.

Balzanto has over a decade of digital forensic experience working in both the public and private sectors. As a police officer, detective and computer forensics examiner, Balzanto has examined hundreds of computers and associated digital storage devices in both criminal and administrative investigations. He is a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children task force for the Cook County Stateís Attorney and the Illinois Attorney General. In recognition of his achievements in digital forensics, Balzanto is a recipient of the Cook County Crimestoppers Forensic Services Award and the Special Agentís Association Excellence in Law Enforcement Award.

Balzanto is also a partner at 4Discovery, LLC, a digital forensic and eDiscovery services provider to the private sector. His 600-plus hours of training includes all aspects of digital forensics, such as advanced Windows forensics, Apple Macintosh forensics, file system forensics, e-mail forensics, cellular and small-scale device forensics, data recovery and analysis, incident response and Internet trace evidence.

The event was organized as a part of the Information Systems Speaker Series initiative at Lewis Universityís College of Business.

The College of Business offers a bachelorís degree in Computer Information Systems and a bachelorís degree in Information Security and Risk Management. Courses in the Computer Information Systems and Information Security majors are hands-on and focus on providing skills that are in high demand. Students have the option to complete their coursework, assignments and projects online using the redesigned VMware CloudLab. Scholarships, internships, job opportunities, alumni news and news articles are posted regularly on MIS Departmentís Facebook page.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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