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October 4, 2018 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Speaker: Christopher Kelly, Director of the Digital Evidence Laboratory and Assistant Attorney General, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office

Date: October 4, 2018

Location: ISEC 655, 805 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02120

Time: 2:00 – 3:00pm

Title: Cybersecurity in the Attorney General’s Office


The Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) is the chief lawyer and law enforcement officer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  The Digital Evidence Lab is responsible for processing all of the digital evidence the AG’s office uses in its criminal prosecutions.  As director of the lab, Chris advises the AG on issues of cybersecurity and cyber-attacks.  This talk will present a fuller understanding of the scope of work, the common challenges – including making issues understandable for attorneys and juries, and the opportunities the AG’s office sees for working with academia to solve problems.  The AG and the Digital Evidence Lab strive to be national leaders in these state-specific cybersecurity issues.

About the Speaker

Chris Kelly is the Director of the Digital Evidence Laboratory for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.  In this role, Chris supervises a team of analysts conducting digital forensic examinations of computers, mobile devices, and other technical evidence in the course of criminal investigations.  Prior to his appointment to this position, Chris served as Managing Attorney of the Cyber Crime Division for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.  In that position, Chris not only prosecuted cyber offenses, but also worked with members of the Cyber Crime Division to design and implement priority projects and trainings as set forth in the Massachusetts Strategic Plan for Cyber Crime. Before joining the Attorney General’s Office, Chris worked for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, where he built and ran the current Computer Forensic Laboratory. During his tenure in Suffolk, Chris prosecuted cyber crime cases and worked actively on digital aspects of all types of criminal investigations.  Chris holds several digital forensic certifications including the GCFA, DFCP, CCE, CCME, EnCE, and CCLO/CCPA.  He is a regular speaker on topics related to digital forensics and cyber crime investigations.  Additionally, Chris serves as an instructor, and performs curriculum development, for the United States Secret Service’s National Computer Forensic Institute in Hoover, Alabama.  He is an adjunct professor of digital forensics at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston.  Chris serves as a leader or active member of several professional associations including the High Technology Crime Investigation Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police Cyber Crime and Digital Evidence Committee, High Tech Crime Consortium, and American Academy of Forensic Science Digital and Multimedia Sciences Section.  Chris is a member of the Accreditation Task Group for the National Institute of Standards in Technology’s Digital Evidence subcommittee of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science.  He also sits on the editorial board for the Journal Digital Investigation, and reviews articles for the Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law. Chris earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and political science from Boston University, and his law degree from Suffolk University Law School.


October 4, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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