AccessData Conducts Digital Forensics Lab During Cybersecurity Camp for Girls

Friday, July 19, 2019 (06:50:30)

AccessData Conducts Digital Forensics Lab During Cybersecurity Camp for Girls

AccessData Group, a leading provider of integrated digital forensics and e-discovery software, hosted a hands-on lab to educate girls about techniques in digital forensics during the 2019 GenCyber “Girls in CybHER Security” camp at Dakota State University (DSU).

The fifth annual camp, which is the largest residential girls cyber camp in the U.S. sponsored by the National Security Agency, took place from June 23-27, 2019, on the DSU campus in Madison, S.D. The camp was attended by 115 girls, from 14 different states, who are in the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grades.

One of the workshops was led by AccessData’s Justin Tolman, a digital forensics expert, who illustrated for the girls how easy it is to recover digital images they thought were deleted from their phones or social media accounts. Tolman’s message for the girls was to be extremely cautious about what images they share and with whom they are shared. AccessData’s session also educated the girls about the fast-growing field of digital forensics and the tremendous career paths that are emerging for women in the industry.

During the week, campers learned how easy it is to crack passwords, so they discussed how to make stronger passwords. One attendee said, “Hacking is pretty cool, but after I learned how to recover digital pictures and files, forensics is way better.” Another camper commented that “the camp taught me how deep the field of cybersecurity is. I learned I love solving challenges, and that is what digital forensics is.”

“We were thrilled to have AccessData as a partner once again this year, as they bring substantial value to our camp as leaders in the field of digital forensics,” said Dr. Podhradsky. “Justin’s lab taught the girls so much about the way digital technology works, which will hopefully make them more aware of their own personal behavior. His session also educated them about the exciting career opportunities in the cybersecurity and digital forensics industries.”

GenCyber is an educational program created by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) that consists of camps in several locations across the U.S. The program’s goal is to increase interest in cybersecurity careers and diversity in the cybersecurity workforce, to help students understand correct and safe online behavior, and to improve teaching methods for delivering cybersecurity content for K-12 programs. Through grants from the NSA and NSF, along with other sponsors, the camps are free for participants.

For more information about Dakota State University’s cyber programs, visit

and CybHER’s site at


About AccessData®

Whether it’s for investigation, litigation or compliance, AccessData® offers industry-leading solutions that put the power of forensics in your hands. For more than 30 years, AccessData has worked with more than 130,000 customers in law enforcement, government agencies, corporations and law firms around the world, providing both stand-alone and enterprise-class solutions that can synergistically work together. The company is backed by Sorenson Capital, a leading private equity firm focused on high-growth portfolios. For more information on AccessData, please go to


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