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Certified Field Search Instructors Share Their Knowledge

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Date Published
February 2018
10 pages
This article describes the features and benefits of the Certified Field Search Instructors (CFSI) program, which certifies participants to train coworkers in the "Field Search" software for searching a target computer for evidence.
Dr. Jim Tanner, who helped develop the Field Search software 12 years ago, has been teaching CFSI classes for 4 years on behalf of the U.S. Justice Department's National Institute of Justice. The current offering of the course is set for March 22-23, 2018, in Boulder, CO. The instruction is free and participants must pay their own transportation and lodging costs. Each participant must bring a notebook computer. Those who complete the course are qualified to train an entire department in the features and uses of the Field Search software. This software enables users to quickly and efficiently search a target computer and create a detailed report of the findings. The CFSI program explains and explores all the elements of the software, addresses some common pitfalls in teaching others about it, and suggests training techniques for teaching others about the software. Before being accepted as a CFSI participant, applicants must pass an online exam that demonstrates their thorough knowledge of how to use the software. While attending the seminar, they must pass two additional in-class exercises before they can earn their teaching certification. The course focuses on intensive hands-on work in class. Achieving certification enables participants to receive updates on new software features, obtain updated manuals, have the opportunity to beta test new versions of the software, have access to ask questions of Tanner through his website, and have access to blogspace where they can network and brainstorm with others certified under the CFSI program.

Date Published: February 1, 2018