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Hello! I'm Brian

Digital Forensic Investigator and SMB Information Security Specialist

About Me

I am a full time Digital Forensic Investigator at Edelson PC, as well as an independent Information Security Consultant.  My practice at Edelson PC focuses on a variety of security and privacy related investigations on our tech-related cases.  As an Information Security Consultant, I focus on reducing risk for small to medium sized businesses through defense in depth.

As a small business owner myself, I have a passion for protecting small businesses while ensuring that business needs are met at the same time.  I advocate for privacy and security legislation which I do not believe will have an unnecessary strain or difficulty for small businesses.

Experience

Present
Oct 2018 - Present
Edelson PC
Digital Forensic Investigator
Chicago, IL
Jul 2007 - Present
Infosec Chicago
(Previously known as Brian Semrau Computer Consulting)
CEO
Chicagoland Area
May 2015 - Oct 2018
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock
Security Engineer
Oakbrook, IL
Nov 2014 - Dec 2015
WIIT 88.9 FM Chicago
Technical Director
Chicago, IL
Aug 2013 - Mar 2015
TigerDirect
Lead Technician
Naperville, IL
July, 2007

Skills & Hobbies

I have over 10 years of experience in Information Technology focusing on information security and forensics.  I have a passion for solving tough problems when it comes to technology; and also I enjoy helping people and staying up to date with the latest information security threats and building defenses against them.  I am actively pursuing a graduate degree in Cyber Forensics and Security from Illinois Institute of Technology, as well as various certifications.

When I’m not working, you might find me working on developing my latest side-project, or shooting photos.  I also enjoy audio-visual production, and take every chance I can get to work front of house, or design new stage lighting schemes.

Digital Forensics
Security Consulting
DFIR
Online Privacy

Education & Certifications

2022
2018 - 2022 (Expected)
Illinois Institute of Technology
Master of Cyber Forensics and Security
March 2019
Board Certified Expert in Cyber Investigations (CECI)
September 2017
Board Certified Forensic HiTech Investigator (CFHI)
June 2017
OSForensics Certified Examiner (OSFCE)
Credential ID 90301-4
June 2017
OSForensics Triage Certification (OSFTC)
Credential ID 90301-5
2014 - 2017
Illinois Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc), Computer/Information Technology Administration and Management
2014

Public Speaking and Notable Publications

2019
April 2019
Hands-on Live Malware Analysis 101
ITO Compass Conference 2019
Chicago, IL
January 2019
August 2018
Masochism Meets Technology - A.K.A. Working in Cyber Forensics
ITO Compass Conference 2018
Chicago, IL
July 2018
A Tech's Guide to Evaluating Endpoint Security
2017

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