SANS Instructors: Author Statement

SANS Instructors:

"SANS Computer Forensics Graduate Thwarts Bank Heist"

SANS Computer Forensics Graduate Thwarts Bank Heist - Headlines similar to these are now a reality as former students have emailed me regularly about how they were able to use their forensic skills in very real situations. Graduates in the Computer Forensics, Investigation & Response track are the front line troops deployed when incidents occur. From stopping online bank heists, to logic bombers destroying data that could have affected many lives, SANS forensic graduates are battling and winning the war on crime. Graduates have described solved cases involving computer break-ins, intellectual property theft, fraud, and, in some cases, internal infractions by belligerent employees. Knowing that this course places the correct methodology and knowledge in the hands of responders who thwart the plans of criminals or foreign cyber attacks brings me great comfort. Graduates are doing it. Daily. I am proud that the Computer Forensics, Investigation & Response course at SANS helped prepare them to fight and solve crime.
- Rob Lee

Rob Lee

Rob Lee is an entrepreneur and consultant in the Washington, DC area, specializing in information security, incident response, and digital forensics. Rob is currently the curriculum lead and author for digital forensic and incident response training at the SANS Institute in addition to owning his own firm. Rob has more than 15 years of experience in computer forensics, vulnerability and exploit discovery, intrusion detection/prevention, and incident response.

Rob graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and served in the U.S. Air Force as a founding member of the 609th Information Warfare Squadron, the first U.S. military operational unit focused on information warfare. Later, he was a member of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) where he led a team conducting computer crime investigations, incident response, and computer forensics. Prior to starting his own firm, he directly worked with a variety of government agencies in the law enforcement, U.S. Department of Defense, and intelligence communities as the technical lead for a vulnerability discovery and an exploit development team, lead for a cyber forensics branch, and lead for a computer forensic and security software development team. Rob was also a director for MANDIANT, a company focused on investigating advanced adversaries, such as the APT, for four years prior to starting his own business.

Rob co-authored the book Know Your Enemy, 2nd Edition. Rob earned his MBA from Georgetown University in Washington DC. He was awarded the Digital Forensic Examiner of the Year from the Forensic 4Cast Awards. Rob is an ardent blogger about computer forensics and incident response topics at the SANS Computer Forensic Blog. Rob is also a co-author of the MANDIANT threat intelligence report M-Trends: The Advanced Persistent Threat.

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