Mason Miller comes to us with an extensive digital forensics background, having served in Georgia Law Enforcement. Read on below!
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MF: Tell us about your life before becoming a Trainer.
MM: I worked in law enforcement for four years at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation as a digital forensic investigator and a program coordinator where I managed a team of DFIs. Prior to that, I worked for fifteen years as a software developer working on various enterprise applications for the cloud, mobile, and desktop.
MF: What made you want to be a Trainer?
MM: When I worked as a digital forensic investigator, I enjoyed the work because with each case, I felt I was doing my part in helping to make my community a better place. Now, joining Magnet Forensics as a trainer, it allows me the opportunity to teach students working their own cases, which in turn helps a larger community!
MF: What type of training have you taken part in personally? What is your favorite part of the role?
MM: I have had training through IACIS (BFCE and CIFR), many of the courses from NW3C, and many courses through vendors such as Magnet Forensics, Encase, Cellebrite, and others. My favorite part of the role is the ability to meet new students from all different areas, and to be the person that helps them learn a new tool or concept.
MF: What excites you the most about a new class?
MM: I enjoy meeting new people and learning about their experiences using our software and with digital forensics.
MF: Do you ever learn anything from the students?
MM: Yes, I always try to learn something from anyone I meet, because we all have different experiences and perspectives.
MF: Is there a particular moment that stands out the most to you in your career in the classroom?
MM: Nothing specific, but it is a great feeling when you can help someone learn a task or a concept and see them become proficient at it.
MF: What do students get out of training in person that they can’t get on their own?
MM: The interactions in class with the instructors and getting to know the other students who are learning the same material is very valuable. I personally have kept in touch with several from the classes I’ve been in, and it has helped me on several occasions when I was stuck on something.
MF: How prepared do you feel students are to use Magnet Forensics products after taking the training course?
MM: Magnet’s trainers are extremely knowledgeable and have many years of real-world forensics experience that they share with the students. In my own experience, as a student, I felt very confident in my abilities after taking a course and using the product.
MF: What is most unique about Magnet Forensics’ approach to training?
MM: I appreciate the real-world scenarios that Magnet integrates in the training courses. I feel it is a great way to learn a new concept.
MF: Why do you think certification is important to examiners?
MM: Being able to produce documented proof that an examiner has proficiency in a certain subject matter is an important item to produce in court.
MF: How do you manage to keep up on the latest trends in digital forensics?
MM: I keep up with the IACIS listserv and keep in tune with what is going on with folks that I have worked with in the forensic community.
MF: What trends do you see coming down the pipeline in digital forensics?
MM: I think we will see an increase in and improvements in the automation of the full case management lifecycle.
Thank you, Mason! Welcome to the Training team and to Magnet Forensics – we look forward to seeing your future contributions
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