Veronica Schmitt

director: Incident Response, DFIR Labs; assistant professor, DFIR, Noroff University (Norway)

Veronica Schmitt's forensic career began in 2008. She is considered a leading authority in the field of digital forensics and incident response by her peers, both in South Africa and Internationally. As a Lead Forensic Analyst within DFIRLABS, she is responsible for digital forensics and incident response-related case work on complex cases. She is also responsible for research and development for new techniques and approaches within the organisation. Prior to this she was the Regional head of the Free State Cyber Forensic Laboratory of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), South Africa's national public sector anti-corruption agency.

Veronica holds a Diploma in Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigation from the University of Johannesburg. Veronica decided to broaden her horizon and is pursuing her Master's in science at Rhodes University in Information Security with specialisation in the forensic analysis of malware. Veronica has also received training overseas in cybercrime investigation and digital forensics from the US Department of Homeland Security, the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists, and the SANS Institute.

Veronica is an active researcher and member of the infosec community and is a regular conference speaker. She also has spoken extensively internationally, including at the SANS DFIR Summit, and DEFCON. She also is a DEFCON Goon which speaks to her involvement in the community.

She has recently started started a group DC2751 which focuses around the development of the youth into Information Security and Forensics focusing on the age groups 8-12. Her particular interests include research into security vulnerabilities in medical devices forming part of the Internet of Things and how these could be exploited by malicious attackers, and what types of forensic artefacts could be identified from any attacks. She is extremely passionate about protecting people whose lives depend on these medical devices, and her passion saw her becoming a member of the security research group, I am the Cavalry, where she has been asked to head up their medical research focus area.

She is an Associate Member of the Institute of Information Technology of Professionals of South Africa, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Veronica has contributed to several publications, including the ISC2 CCFP: Certified Computer Forensic Practitioner.

Veronica Schmitt will be speaking on the following topic:

Incident Response bloopers: When IR goes wrong

In the digital age, we are moving more progressively to an interconnected world. This leads to more incidents taking place and the spotlight being placed on how an incident is handled. Instead of highlighting how it should be done, Veronica will show how it should not be done and the reasons why. The presentation will draw from her personal experiences within the industry and cases that she has investigated. Veronica will also focus on the volatile nature of the incident response evidence available.

  • Understand some fundamental errors made during an incident
  • Understand the effect that making errors will have on digital evidence
  • Gain a better understanding of the overall pitfalls of Incident Response when not done right
  • Learn the correct way to handle Incident Response

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