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Magnet Virtual Summit 2024 highlights

Thank you to everyone who joined us for another amazing Magnet Virtual Summit!

The virtual DFIR event of the year was back again with record-breaking attendance, bringing experts from Magnet Forensics and the broader field from around the world to the community. They shared some fascinating insights for DFIR professionals—from the granular day-to-day to the broader industry shifts—and there was definitely a lot of stimulating conversation generated throughout.

Recordings of nearly all the sessions are available to watch on-demand now. Visit the MVS 2024 library to watch the presentation of your choice anytime.

In this blog, we’ve gathered a few of the highlights from Magnet Virtual Summit 2024, including top sessions, LATAM Day, and of course, our Capture The Flag competition. Read more below.

And if you’re interested in learning even more about DFIR trends and Magnet Forensics’ approaches to staying ahead of them, be sure to join us in Nashville for Magnet User Summit 2024 on April 15-17.

Kick-Off presentation: Joining together at Magnet Virtual Summit 2024

Magnet Forensics founder & Chief Innovation Officer, Jad Saliba, and President, David Miles, got Magnet Virtual Summit 2024 off to a great start with their kick-off presentation. In their welcome address, they spoke about the latest Magnet Forensics company developments, our newest innovations and how they’re addressing DFIR needs across the field, and they also took time for a live Q&A at the end where attendees had the chance to ask so many great questions.

Keynote presentation from Trend Micro’s David Chow

David Chow brought some fantastic insight into his MVS 2024 keynote presentation, “Public/Private Sector Cybersecurity Collaboration – The Key to Risk Management & Cybercriminal Defeat.” If you didn’t get a chance to watch it live, catch a recording here.

The top attended Magnet Virtual Summit 2024 sessions

We were extremely honored to have 60+ experts speaking at Magnet Virtual Summit! Of course, they all brought wonderful insight and interesting points to their presentations, but if you’re looking for a quick place to start with MVS recordings, here are the top five attended MVS 2024 sessions:

Mobile Unpacked Ep. 14 // Logging La Vida Loca
Chris Vance, Senior Technical Forensics Specialist, Magnet Forensics

Most modern electronic devices keep logs running that store information about who, what, when, where, and why processes are performed. Modern smartphones are certainly no different. In fact, certain artifacts can only be recovered by an in-depth review of these logging files. This talk will explore the different types of log files that can be found and how to extract them on iOS, Android, and Chromebook systems.

Wondering where you can get a copy of all the locations and types of logging data you can gather in your investigations? Look no further than this blog post from Chris.

Tales from the Trenches: How Bad Digital Forensics Threatens
Jason Jordaan, Principal Forensic Analyst, DFIRLABS

A lot of digital forensic practitioners go and testify in court, with their evidence getting in without significant challenges, usually from unknowledgeable legal practitioners. In some of these cases the digital forensic practitioners have gotten the evidence wrong, leading to wrongful convictions or other incorrect liability being allocated. While opposition digital forensic practitioners are often frowned upon, especially from law enforcement, they do play a valuable role in balancing the interests of justice, and often can play a role in ensuring good quality digital forensics.

Through a discussion of three cases, one criminal, and two civil, the presenter will show how digital forensic evidence presented by either an unqualified or biased digital forensic practitioner almost destroyed the lives of the parties in court, and how a proper scientific approach to digital forensics assisted in the courts in achieving justice.

Mobile Forensic Images – Getting the Right Data
Jessica Hyde, Founder, Hexordia LLC

Mobile forensic data acquisitions vary greatly and involve changing dynamics between the device and the data that is present. Join Jessica Hyde of Hexordia as we explore the different methodologies and the evolving relationship between mobile devices and their stored data.

We’ll address two fundamental questions: What types of acquisitions are possible? And what type of data is available to analyze? We will discuss these questions and how they apply in different environments from enterprise to law enforcement.

In this presentation, we’ll dive deep into the distinctive facets of mobile data acquisitions and data insights, from live-stream collection to logical extractions and even full file system extractions facilitated by tools such as Magnet Graykey and Magnet Verakey. We’ll talk about the nuances of each extraction method and the need to consider various approaches in digital investigations based on the data available to determine the best methodology to provide you with essential data to analyze. Jessica will share compelling examples that shed light on when a full file system extraction is indispensable and the data insights that can be derived from this process.

Magnet Axiom – 2023 Updates and Additions
Steve Gemperle, Forensic Consultant, Magnet Forensics

Magnet Axiom provides forensic examiners with the ability to easily combine data from computer, mobile, and cloud sources into a single case and quickly surface case-relevant evidence. With monthly releases adding and enhancing the powerful analytical tools, artifact support, and workflow features of Axiom, it’s possible that you might have missed some of the updates over the last year.

Join Steve Gemperle, Forensics Consultant at Magnet Forensics at Magnet Forensics, as he highlights the most notable additions to Axiom in 2023 and shares how they can be used to gain insight into key evidence sources and help streamline your workflows.

Mobile Workflows with Magnet Forensics Solutions
Jay Varda, Digital Forensic Specialist, Federal – GS, Magnet Forensics

Mobile devices have become engrained in our daily lives, so when someone commits a crime, mobile data is almost always a critical source of evidence. Magnet Forensics offers a range of solutions for mobile investigations to provide you with all of the tools necessary to conduct thorough and efficient forensic examination of iOS and Android devices.

Join Jay Varda as he delves into how Magnet Forensics solutions like Magnet Graykey, Magnet Graykey Fastrak, Magnet Axiom, Magnet Artifact IQ and Magnet Automate can be used at every stage of your investigation from accessing, extracting and, examining data to collaborating and reporting.

Our biggest Magnet Virtual Summit Capture The Flag Yet!

One of the consistent highlights of Magnet Virtual Summit is our fantastic Capture The Flag competition and this year there was definitely a lot of competition. 

Jessica Hyde and regular champion, Kevin Pagano put together a challenging event along with interns at Champlain College. Here was the final scoreboard:

Keep an eye out for a more in-depth breakdown of the competition from Jessica in the coming weeks.

LATAM Day: Focusing on Latin America

Finally, we were proud to have an opportunity to offer a series of presentations in Portuguese and Spanish directly for people within the Latin American community during LATAM Day—giving them an opportunity to hear about DFIR trends and insights that are directly applicable to them in their region.

Catch Up on MVS 2024 through our on-demand recordings

Whether you missed sessions, or want to rewatch the ones you’ve already seen, head over the MVS 2024 on-demand library to find recordings of nearly all of the presentations offered at the event.  Thank you to everyone who took part in Magnet Virtual Summit 2024 and made it such a resounding success! We can’t wait to do it all again in 2025, so stay tuned for details later this year.

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