Our team is led by Mark Spencer, whose philosophy is, "Don't settle for the easy way, strive for the right way." We are digital forensics experts from Arsenal Consulting and world-class developers who live and breathe operating system internals. We are passionate about digital forensics and dedicated to the preservation and analysis of electronic evidence using the most powerful technologies available. In our quest to dig deeper, we got tired of waiting for solutions to meet our needs - so we began building our own.
Mark Spencer is President of Arsenal Consulting, where he leads engagements involving digital forensics for law firms, corporations, and government agencies. Mark is also President of Arsenal Recon, where he guides development of digital forensics tools. He has more than 20 years of law-enforcement and private-sector digital forensics experience. Mark has developed and delivered digital forensics training to students from a vast array of international corporations and governments. He has led the Arsenal team on many high-profile and high-stakes cases, from allegations of intellectual-property theft and evidence spoliation to support of terrorist organizations and military coup plotting. Mark has testified in cases which include United States v. Mehanna and United States v. Tsarnaev.
“I’ve been involved in digital forensics for over 20 years, but still look forward to arriving at Arsenal every day because of the amazing cases (and people!) we get to work with. When away from the office I can sometimes be found trying to survive while practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu.”
Digital Forensics Examiner
Brian Gerdon is a Digital Forensics Examiner & Information Security Architect at Arsenal and has been a member of the team since 2010. His responsibilities include digital forensics and information security consulting. He is also an Incident Handler at a Boston-area University where he is responsible for identifying and analyzing compromised computer systems. He earned a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a master's degree in Telecommunications from Boston University. Brian holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification and his professional memberships include the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA).
“The work I’m involved in at Arsenal is the most challenging of my career, but it’s also the most rewarding. When confronted with important questions about electronic evidence, I’m pushed well beyond finding “an” answer to finding “the” answer. When away from keyboards I enjoy hiking, camping, and photography.”
Digital Forensics Examiner
Emina Doherty is a Digital Forensics Examiner at Arsenal and has been a member of the team since 2012. Emina's responsibilities include the preservation and analysis of electronic evidence as well as assisting with the development of digital forensics tools. She earned both a bachelor and a master's degree in Physics from Samarkand State University in Uzbekistan, then an associate's degree in Digital and Computer Forensics and Investigations from Bunker Hill Community College in Boston. She has been awarded the AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE) certification and is a member of the Information System Security Association (ISSA). Emina is fluent in Russian, which has come in quite useful in some of Arsenal’s high-stakes and high-profile cases.
“Arsenal arms me with the best tools and training so that I can solve problems for our clients. I have always been interested in technology and solving puzzles, so working at Arsenal is a perfect fit for me. I am also a firearms enthusiast and enjoy attending firearms training. As a naturalized citizen of the United States, I am very appreciative of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.”
Digital Forensics Analyst
Anastasia Shek is a Digital Forensics Analyst and Information Security Architect at Arsenal and has been a member of the team since 2020. Anastasia's responsibilities include the preservation and analysis of electronic evidence, information security consulting, and assisting with the development of digital forensics tools. She earned a master's degree in Information Technologies from Volgograd State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering and an Information Security and Protection certification from Bryansk State Technical University in Russia. Anastasia has six years of information security experience in both the public and private sectors, and she is fluent in Russian.
"I am excited about applying my information security experience to my work at Arsenal! I am a mother of a three year old boy, and when he gets older I want him to be proud of what I have achieved in my new country and for Arsenal’s clients. At my university I was a member of an award-winning vocal studio, and when I am away from forensic workstations I can often be found singing.”
Olof Lagerkvist is a software developer at his company LTR Data and assists Arsenal with digital forensics software development and casework. Olof is well known for his ImDisk Virtual Disk Driver and his expertise in all things low-level, from drivers to virtualization and beyond. He enjoys confronting hard-to-solve problems. When away from computers, Olof enjoys various missions involving amateur radio.
"Working with Arsenal allows me to leverage my technical expertise to better arm digital forensics practitioners around the world."
Joakim Schicht is a Cloud Engineer at Vizrt, Digital Forensic Analyst at Joakim Schicht Consulting, and assists Arsenal with digital forensics software development and casework. Joakim’s extensive low-level experience with the Windows Registry, hibernation, and NTFS file system is greatly appreciated by the entire Arsenal team. He enjoys writing code (see his personal GitHub repositories) and deciphering the unknown. When away from computers, Joakim enjoys alpine skiing and coaching youth alpine skiiers in Norway’s Voss region.
“Working with Arsenal is a great fit for me because there are so many strange and complex challenges to attack.”
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