Computer Forensics: Cyber Crime Investigation - View the video

Cindy Murphy

Cindy Murphy
Madison Police Department

211 S. Carroll St.
Madison, WI 53703

Career Clusters / Help Topics:

  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security

Cindy Murphy is a Detective with the City of Madison, WI Police Department and has been a Law Enforcement Officer since 1985. She is a certified forensic examiner (EnCE, CCFT, DFCP), and has been involved in computer forensics since 1999. Det. Murphy has directly participated in the examination of hundreds of hard drives, cell phones, and other items of digital evidence pursuant to criminal investigations including homicides, missing persons, computer intrusions, sexual assaults, child pornography, financial crimes, and various other crimes. She has testified as a computer forensics expert in state and federal court on numerous occasions, using her knowledge and skills to assist in the successful investigation and prosecution of criminal cases involving digital evidence. She is also a part time digital forensics instructor at Madison Area Technical College and teaches Mobile Device Forensics (FOR563) for SANS. She earned her MSc in Forensic Computing and Cyber Crime Investigation through University College, Dublin where she completed her dissertation on the subject of victim age estimation from child exploitation images. She is also involved with the Wisconsin Association of Computer Crimes Investigators (WACCI) where she serves as President for the WACCI West Chapter, Chicago Electronic Crimes Task Force, High Tech Crime Consortium (HTCC), High Tech Crime Network (HTCN), and the International Guild of Knot Tyers (IGKT).

Crimes involving computers and digital technologies have grown exponentially in the past 10 to 15 years. With that increase, so has the need for law enforcement experts to tackle these high-tech crimes. Detective Cindy Murphy was on the cutting edge of computer forensics when she began her focus in the field in 1999. She will review what kinds of skills and knowledge young people will need if they are interested in a specialized law enforcement career in cyber crime investigation. (Running Time 24:05)