2021 March SAFE educational seminar

Date: March 30, 2021

Time:   4:00 p.m. Pacific Time, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 00:00 GMT

Topic: Authenticating Digital Files

Speaker: Dr. Darren R. Hayes


This presentation will provide an overview of authenticating various digital files. In particular, we will explore ways in which some file metadata, including timestamps and authorship, can be spoofed while other metadata can be used to authenticate documents. We will talk about methods used to link digital documents to the original owner or computer. You will also discover how to authenticate emails so that they are admissible in court. We will also discuss relevant case law regarding the admissibility of digital documents.

Darren Hayes


Darren Hayes, PhD, is a leading expert in the field of digital forensics, intelligence, cyber security and IT risk management. He is the Founder
and Director of the Pace University Digital Forensics Research Lab. He is also an Associate Professor at Pace in New York. Hayes is listed as
one of the Top 10 Computer Forensics Professors, by Forensics Colleges.

Dr. Hayes is founder and CEO of CODEDETECTIVES LLC. As a forensics examiner, he has worked on numerous cases involving digital evidence in both civil and criminal investigations. He has also been declared as an expert witness in U.S. federal court. For a number of years, Hayes served on the Board of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) Northeast Chapter and was President in 2013.

Hayes frequently appears on television, including Bloomberg, MSNBC, The Street, Fox 5 News and has been quoted by CNN, The Guardian (UK), The Times (UK), Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, MarketWatch, CNBC, ABC News, Forensic Magazine, SC Magazine, PC Magazine, USA Today, Washington Post, New York Post, Daily News and Wired News to name but a few.