Understanding the expectation of data can help you to gain a better understanding of the data sources and availability. Instead of feeling disappointed that you did not find the smoking gun, you can adjust your technique to utilize a data source that might provide more information. In the search for data, there are multiple techniques one can use to catch the right information, ranging from OSINT techniques to digital forensics techniques, with each offering a different data value and quantity. The combination of techniques can bring a more holistic approach to the digital investigation process.

Learning Objectives

  • Redefining the “open” side of digital investigations to match multiple data sources
  • Data sources associated with social media capture OSINT vs Digital Forensics
  • Creating a combined technique workflow to capture the optimal amount of data


Throughout the past two decades, Ms. Schroader has been a driving force for innovation in digital forensics. Ms. Schroader has developed over two-dozen software programs designed for the purposes of recovering digital data from mobile phones, computer hard drives, email, and live monitoring services. Ms. Schroader has taught and designed the established protocols for the seizure and processing of digital evidence that has been used by numerous organizations throughout the world. Ms. Schroader has coined the concept of the “360-degree approach to digital forensics” as well as started the momentum and push to the “Forensics of Everything-FoE” with her focus to unique problems in digital evidence and solutions. Ms. Schroader has been a huge industry influence in pushing for a big-picture consideration of the digital evidence and the acquisition process and analysis techniques used. An accomplished curriculum developer and instructor; Ms. Schroader has written and taught numerous classes for this specialized field as well as founded multiple certifications. Ms. Schroader continues support through book contributions and other industry speaking engagements.

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