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Keith Chval to Deliver Webinar on Computer Forensic Investigations Essentials

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This Illinois Ethics CLE-approved online webinar will provide attorneys with knowledge essential for deploying and directing the computer forensic investigation in suppor

Chicago, IL (PRUnderground) May 1st, 2013

ProteckWebinar helps attorneys maximize the likelihood of investigative resolution and successful litigation

Keith G. Chval, co-founder of Protek International, Inc., and former Chief of the Illinois Attorney General’s High Tech Crimes Bureau, will host a CLE-approved webinar on May 8th, 2013.


This Illinois Ethics CLE-approved online webinar will provide attorneys with knowledge essential for deploying and directing the computer forensic investigation in support of investigations and litigation.  This practical webinar will provide clear explanations of core computer forensics concepts to equip attorneys to effectively direct and work with the computer forensic examiner.  Special attention will be given to critical first steps for preserving investigative leads and evidence to protect from claims of spoliation while maximizing the likelihood of investigative resolution and successful litigation.

Webinar agenda includes:

  • Computer Forensics best practices – What are the critical processes and procedures the examiner should be following to maximize evidentiary value?

  • Preserving digital evidence- “Forensic,” “bit stream,” “mirror,” “duplicate”…understand what these refer to, and how they’re critically different from the typical IT definition of “copying”

  • “Digital Fingerprints” – What is Hash Value verification and how does it establish ESI authenticity?

  • Unallocated Space, Swap Files, and RAM – What are they, and what kind of smoking gun evidence might be found there?

  • Reporting examination findings – What kind of evidence and work product you should expect from an examiner?

  • What the examiner needs from you – How can you work together to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the digital investigation?

  • Vetting and engaging the examiner to ensure you and your client are well-served



DATE: Wed, May 8, 2013 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM CDT




Keith Chval is truly one of the pioneers in digital law.  He was the first-ever Chief of the High Tech and Computer Crime Unit in the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, designing and implementing one of the very first units of its kind in the country.  Under Keith’s seven years as Chief, the Unit boasted a 100 percent conviction rate. Keith is co-founder of Protek International, Inc. (, a rapidly growing firm offering world-class electronic data discovery, computer forensic, investigative and consulting services.  A past president of the Midwest Chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association, Keith is an adjunct professor of law at The John Marshall Law School, where he has taught a number of courses, including “eDiscovery, Digital Evidence and Computer Forensics.” Keith has been asked to share his expertise in collaborative efforts with associations at the forefront of digital evidence and law including the Secret Service’s Electronic Crimes Task Force, the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists, and working groups under the auspices of the National Institute of Justice, the National White Collar Crimes Institute, and the American Prosecutors Research Institute charged with developing and promoting standards for the examination and courtroom presentation of digital evidence.  

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