Digital forensics expert talks to Computer Forensics class

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Computer Forensics class gains insight from digital forensics expert

Published: April 24, 2014.

College of Business alumnus, Detective Tony Balzanto recently visited with a Lewis University Computer Forensics class taught by Dr. Faisal Abdullah, chair and professor of Management Information Systems, to share insights on his career in digital forensics.

The Lewis University alumnus spoke about the use of computer evidence in corporate fraud, economic espionage and employee misconduct cases. Balzanto also discussed his career paths in the corporate forensics field.

Detective Balzanto has over a decade of digital forensic experience working in both the public and private sectors. As a police officer, detective and computer forensics examiner, Balzanto has examined hundreds of computers and associated digital storage devices in both criminal and administrative investigations. He is a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children task forces for the Cook County Stateís Attorney and the Illinois Attorney General. In recognition of his achievements in digital forensics, Balzanto was awarded the Cook County Crimestoppers Forensic Services Award and the Special Agentís Association Excellence in Law Enforcement Award. Balzanto is also a partner at 4Discovery, LLC a digital forensic and eDiscovery services provider to the private sector.

The College of Business offers a bachelorís degree in Computer Information Systems and a bachelorís degree in Information Security and Risk Management. Courses in the Computer Information Systems and Information Security majors are hands-on and focus on providing skills that are in high demand. Students have the option to complete their coursework, assignments and projects online using the redesigned VMware CloudLab. Scholarships, internships, job opportunities, alumni news and news articles are posted regularly on MIS Departmentís Facebook page.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

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