Computer Science Program hosts digital forensics expert

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2-13-Ginger-Haring.jpgWaynesburg University’s Computer Science Program hosted Ginger Haring, a digital forensics analyst with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) in Morgantown, Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Haring met with several Waynesburg students majoring in computer security and forensics, criminal justice administration and forensic science. Also in attendance were Kathryn Waddel, instructor of computer science, Dr. Richard Leipold, chair of the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics and professor of computer science, and Michael Cipoletti, assistant professor of forensic science.

Haring’s primary focus in her work as a digital forensics analyst is in the investigation of criminal activity involving child pornography, although she stated that she also does work in cases involving illegal drug activity.

Haring relayed her general work experiences including all of the precautionary procedures that must be followed to insure proper handling of evidence. She also discussed several of the software tools used in her department to capture and maintain evidence and any associated data.

Another reason for Haring’s visit was to welcome students to apply for an internship in her department, or to visit her labs to see how digital forensics is applied in law enforcement. Two previous students from Waynesburg University have already completed successful internships with the Crimes Against Children Unit of the WVSP, namely Aaron Schuster and Alexandra Zanaglio. Haring hopes that other Waynesburg Students will also want to intern with her digital forensics unit.