Cybercrime Skills Workshops - Fall Semester 2022

Forensic Tool Validation -- Presented by Dan Mares -- October 1 – 9:00-11:00 AM, October 8 and 15 -- 9:00 - 10:00 AM

KSU Center, Room 462 and 460, 3333 Busbee Dr NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144

This is an in-person only, live event with three sessions, each building on the prior work, and limited to the first 40 registrants:

Day 1 - October 1, General software tool validation and design with emphasis on and testing of file cataloging/listing processes for forensic reliability), Room 462

Day 2 - October 8, Forensic Software validation and design (emphasis on hashing and testing hashing software), Room 460

Day 3 - October 15, Testing Forensic file copying and zip/unzipping for forensic investigations, and testing, Room 462

Each participant must bring their own Windows capable laptop computer.

Meeting materials will be distributed online.

Please register ONLY if you can attend all three sessions. CPE credit available on request.

Prior to registration, you will need to complete the readiness self-assessment. When you register for the event, you will need to report your score from the self-assessment. The purpose of the self-assessment is to make sure you are ready to get the most out of this event and review your understanding of command line and ensure you will benefit from the event.

If you want to register please follow these steps:

1) Visit the web site at

2) Read the entire website and follow the directions to download and complete the pretest. Please note, your ability to read and follow the directions, complete the download of the exam, and complete the exam is a part of the exam process. There is no technical support to assist you. Trust us when we tell you everything is working on the server side. You need to make the client side function.

3) If your pretest performance is suitable to your expectations (everything in this pretest is prerequisite knowledge for this course) than proceed to the link to register. You will need to report the number of correctly answered pretest questions in the signup process. If you did not do well enough to be successful in the workshop, please do not sign up and try to study for the next time it is offered.

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  • Dan Mares in 1998, after 27 years as a federal law enforcement agent he founded Mares and Company. 

    During his law enforcement tenure, he developed software programs designed to analyze large amounts of data retrieved from mainframe computer databases. Those programs were the precursors to the current Maresware data analysis and forensic software. Around 1986, while a federal investigator, he began working in the area of what is now termed 'computer forensics.' In search for tools more suitable to the specific needs of computer forensic investigations, he then began developing software more targeted at computer forensics for personal computers. 

    While serving as a federal agent, Dan assisted in the development of the original Seized Computer Evidence Recovery Specialist (SCERS) course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia. He subsequently served as a guest SCERS instructor. He also assisted in the development and teaching of the Basic Data Recovery and Advanced Data Recovery classes at the National White Collar Crime Center.

    Dan has spoken and instructed in the subject of computer forensics, and other related areas. A few of the organizations he has appeared before over the years include: International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS); University of Texas, Austin.; Kennesaw State  University; US. Secret Service; Southeast CyberCrime Institute; FBI Academy in Quantico, Va.; High Technology Crime Investigation Association(HTCIA); Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM); and Norwegian National Police Academy. 

    Today he continues to provide forensic software and training to the industry. He conducts training in the use of his own Maresware software, which is used by law enforcement, intelligence agencies, investigators, auditors, fraud examiners and other professionals worldwide

    His combined skills in forensic investigations and in forensic software development enhance his ability to testify effectively in court, particularly regarding the technical aspects of electronic evidence analysis and forensic methodology. 

    Dan is a member of a number of organizations devoted to the advancement of the science and practice of computer forensics. 

    Some of his memberships (and current or past memberships) include: HTCIA, High Technology Crime Investigation Association Atlanta (past chapter president and vice president); IISFA, International Information Systems Forensics Association Atlanta Chapter; IACIS, International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists IACIS; ISSA, Information Systems Security Association.


Past Workshops

  • Forensic Tool Validation -- Presented by Dan Mares  -- April 9, 16, and 23  -- 9:00 - 10:00 AM
    KSU Center, Room 460, 3333 Busbee Dr NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144

    This is an in-person only, live event with three sessions, each building on the prior work, and limited to the first 40 registrants:

    April 9, General software validation and design (emphasis on file cataloging/listing processes),
    April 16, Hashing and testing hashing software, and
    April 23, Forensic copying and testing

  • Featuring use of Wireshark, the world’s foremost and widely-used network protocol analyzer.

    Join us to improve your Cyber Skills with these Cybercrime Skills Workshops. 

    Each session involves hands on learning, but space is limited.  The sessions are offered in person (limited to 20 participants) and remotely (limited to 50 participants). Register early to ensure you have a spot!

    Betty DuBois owns Packet Detectives, an application and network performance consulting and training firm based in Atlanta, GA. She has been solving packet mysteries since 1997.

    Experienced with a range of hardware and software packet capture solutions, she captures the right data, in the right place, and at the right time to find the real culprit. Betty presents each year at SharkFest, the Wireshark Developer and User Conference, and is active in the Wireshark community. Using packets to solve crimes against networks and applications is her passion. Teaching others to do the same is her calling.

    Go to for contact information.  Your mystery will be solved in no time.