For the first time, Chestnut Hill College, in conjunction with the Delaware Valley High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), hosted a professional networking event and conference on cyber forensics and security.
The conference, which presented a great deal of information about the ever-changing digital landscape and possible career paths to take after graduation, was open to CHC students in all three schools. A significant portion of the event was dedicated to professional networking, an invaluable opportunity for all students, especially those looking to pursue a career in this field.
“It’s really exciting to be able to talk to people in the field I want to go into, especially since I’m graduating in May,” says Jessica Volchko ’16, a digital forensics major who completed an internship with the FBI in its computer analysis program.
Three companies were represented — Nuix, an Australian based company that produces software for indexing, searching, analyzing and extracting knowledge from data using applications that include digital investigation, cybersecurity, e-Discovery, privacy and more.
Chief Technology Officer Stephen Stewart led the presentation, demonstrating some of Nuix’s software and the impact it can have in the criminal justice and digital forensics fields. He opened by saying that Nuix has a real need for people to help especially those who are “pure forensic practitioners,” including many of the students at the conference.
“With one of our North American offices and training centers in Jenkintown, [Pa.], we view these kind of events as direct ways to identify interns and even possible job candidates,” says Jason Purcell, strategic account director at Nuix. “So being here and talking to the students, it has just as many benefits for us as it does for them.”
— Marilee Gallagher ’14