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Interview with Mobile Digital Forensic expert Heather Mahalik

“Never let anyone tell you that it's not a field for you.”

The field of forensics is home to various career paths, from toxicologists to accountants, emphasizing that people from diverse backgrounds and various specialties can have the potential to be able to become a part of a forensic discipline. 

To shed a little more light into this highly exciting and fast-paced field, the Australian Women in Security Network in Canberra was privy to a session with experts @HeatherMahalik and Alissa Torres (@sibertor)

Following this success, the AWSN has been invited to a joint community night with SANS Security, where Heather Mahalik, an established professional in the field of forensics will be speaking on the 14th of July at 6pm at the Jasper in Melbourne. She is the Principal Forensic Scientist ManTech CARD, bringing with her an arsenal of skills molded by her 14-year extensive experience in digital forensics.

Apart from Heather’s expertise which includes smartphone forensics and forensic instruction on mobile, she also co-authored Practical Mobile Forensics (with the latest edition released just a few weeks ago) and served as the technical editor for Learning Android Forensics, both from Pack’t Publishing. Currently, she is also a senior instructor for the SANS Institute.

Here are a few insights to help us get to know more about Heather’s experience