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State of Forensics
Computer Forensics has been around almost as long as the computer itself has been around. Unfortunately, over the past 10 years, even as the computing world has shifted to reducing computing devices to smaller and smaller sizes, the Computer Forensic industry has not followed this trend. The small and portable forensic machines on the market currently still weigh in at well over 15 pounds and cost over $3,000 before your software licenses. Software licenses themselves can easily set you back another $4,000. In today's world of commodity computing and ever shrinking budgets and space, why not throw out the old school forensic options and come see what new exciting things are being done by TWC Security.

 

TWC Security Forensics
At TWC Security, we wanted to take advantage of today's computer technology and match it with the latest in open source technologies. When a college or graduate student joins a forensics program, they fight for access to a limited amount of machines that the schools can offer. We aim to remove this problem in all markets from educational to corporate. Our base package starts at $125 per device, and includes all of the software you will need with NO additional cost for licenses. So check out our complete product lineup today and while you are here please download our open source live forensic tool, All-In-USB.

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Welcome everyone to Thimbleweed Consulting's Security Division, known from here on as TWCSec. 

TWCSec was started in 2011 as one of the future divisions of its parent company Thimbleweed Consulting. Thimbleweed Consulting's two founders, Harry Cooper and Matt Neimeyer, determined that one thing they wanted to bring to their customers and the general computing and programming community was better and easier to use tools and services.

The first project to be tackled by TWCSec is the All-In-USB forensic USB key. The All-In-USB key is an outgrowth of the frustration that Harry found when trying to find good and sound forensic tools during his Master's program at Utica College. The key grew from a small idea of a package of open source tools to an educational tool that will teach its users, while at the same time retaining all the features a Forensic examiner would want for capture and analysis work.

All-In-USB provides currently the following items:

1) An on-load memory imager/capture tool

2) A light weight PHP webserver serving up a graphical interface to many command line tools.

3) Tool management, Saved Tool jobs, quick grep, Boot Loader manager, and more!!!

4) A boot loader interface (non-geeks we will be putting out a "configure tool" to setup your USB drive for this feature). Boot a machine into your favorite forensic environment and image a drive quickly.

5) A portable VM app. Load a favorite ISO or VM to parse your forensic evidence.

6) A live capture PHP application to run your favorite collection of tools.

7) A directory of key open source forensic tools that no examiner would want to be without.

8) A set of Unix/Linux tools that every examiner misses on Windows, usable IN WINDOWS!

These are just a few of the items we are releasing in our v.1 release. We are working on the v.2 release already as well as an anticipated Timeline of the growth of this new tool. We expect that release to be done in the next 3-4 weeks. In v.2 we hope to be announcing the inclusion of a new and exciting set of Mac forensic tools so that this key can be used across various OSes.

I do want to include one last piece of information, licensing. We are trying to include as many tools as possible in the releases as we move forward, but unfortunately it is an EXTREMELY tedious process trying to verify each tools licensing, so please be patient with us as we work to ensure the open source aspect of this tool. Finally, for those tools that we can not validate, we will make a list of "recommended non-loaded tools" available, so that you can gather the tools together. If we also have a "config" entry for that tool, we will post that as well.

Well I hope that in the next month we can show each of you the fruits of our labor of the past few months.

Thanks,

Harry

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So we got a new toy in to play with. It may make an appearance at the August Residency, we are not sure yet, but tell me that isn't the nicest little thing in the world. 

And yes, I have hooked it up to a 1080p LCD TV 42" and it is SWEET!

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Harry Cooper - CEO / Owner
The "Jack of All Trades" is what Harry prefers to be called. From his time as a high school athlete, Harry has always used his drive and determination to become the best in every field and project he has encountered. He has worked in the athletics industry, the manufacturing industry, the marketing industry and many other industries as a consultant or manager.

After receiving his degree at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was also a teaching assistant in the Computer Science Department, information technology assistant for the Athletic Department, and consultant for various businesses in Pittsburgh, Harry went to work full time for Cavanaugh. Cavanaugh is one of Pittsburgh's largest marketing firms. During his tenure at Cavanaugh, Harry implemented numerous upgrades, from a new ERP system to a webstore suite. These enhancements allowed Cavanaugh to leverage its technical resources to expand their reach to numerous national and international clients. While at Cavanaugh Harry worked with companies such as Pfizer, Alcan, Air Products, and many more large and small corporations.

Harry subsequently worked at CyberSports, Inc., the leading software company in college recruiting, before putting in a few years at Ampro in Primos, PA. At Ampro Harry assisted the manufacturing company in bringing their technology and processes together into a single ERP system and streamlined infrastructure all while maintaining complete cost neutrality. Additionally, Harry helped in the building and launching of Ampro's Corporate Marketing department.

Harry returned to CyberSports in 2005, where he worked as a project manager and developer until 2010. Harry was instrumental in coordinating and bringing online many new products and systems to support the continuing growth of CyberSports. One of the more enjoyable aspects of his time at CyberSports was the ability to work with most of the top collegiate athletic programs in the nation.

In 2013, Harry completed work on his Master's degree in Cyber Security Intelligence and Forensics at Utica College in Upstate New York. Harry chose Utica College as they are one of the leading programs in the security field. He now also teaches at Utica College as an Adjunct Professor teaching Cyber COunter Intellligence, Introduction to Cyber Security, and Systems Vulnerability.

Matt Neimeyer - CTO / Owner
Starting at an early age, Matt took his first programming class in second grade and has been working with computers ever since. His first website was developed in 1994 and was targeted to Netscape 2. Since then he has gone on to develop web sites on a variety of platforms and in a variety of programming languages.

In 1994 Matt enrolled in the Parks and Recreating Managment program at Virginia Wesleyan College. After leaving VWC he worked on his own with a small group of consulting clients while working in various Customer Services jobs. It was here that he learned the two driving principles of "Customer Service" that he has since tried to live up to. First, only make promises you can keep and then make sure you keep them. Second, whatever job you are doing become the best at that job that you can.

In 1999 his consulting led to a full time position with R:Base Technologies, Inc in Murrysville, PA. At RBTI he was responsible for developing desktop database applications as well as database driven websites. He also ran a bi-monthly training seminar for clients who wanted to received advanced one-on-one treatment. Following two years at RBTI he again returned primarily to consulting.

In late 2004 he started working with CyberSports, Inc to develop new tracking and communication products that eventually formed the heart of their CyberSuite core product line. He became a full time employee of CyberSports in 2005 and worked to support the products he had initially developed. Recently he transitioned the product line from Visual FoxPro to an entirely new MySQL driven back end and developed several in-house applications that handled conversion of existing customer installations. These applications considerably shortened the conversion process. One of his few regrets about his time at CyberSports was that there simply wasn't enough time to develop new applications and at the same time forge relationships directly with clients.

A New Chapter
In March of 2010, Harry and Matt decided to combine their skill sets to provide technical expertise to a new, wider audience and left CyberSports to form Thimbleweed Consulting. Thimbleweed hopes to continue supporting former clients and employers and plans to expand its reach to include other companies, institutions, and organizations across the country. Harry's "Jack of All Trades" mindset and Matt's in-depth Geekery will serve as a foundation that will allow Thimbleweed to provide the skills needed to provide clients the help they desire.

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