Governance Committee Directors

The Governance Committee Directors are required to establish and maintain the governance structure of the CASE Open Source Community and to represent the interests of their member class to the Governance Committee.

CASE Presiding Director

Eoghan Casey
University of Lausanne

Eoghan Casey is professor of Digital Forensic Science and Investigation in the School of Criminal Sciences at the University of Lausanne, and is a partner in Digital Forensics Solutions. He has extensive experience working in digital forensic laboratories in the public and private sectors, and he has analyzed many types of digital evidence to support complex cases. He has consulted globally with many attorneys, agencies, and police departments on a wide range of digital investigations, and he has helped organizations investigate and recover from severe security breaches, including network intrusions with international scope. He has helped develop new capabilities for extracting and analyzing digital evidence, including smartphones and networks. He has delivered expert testimony in civil and criminal matters in the United States, Canada, and international tribunals, and has submitted expert reports and prepared trial exhibits for computer forensic and cyber-crime cases. He is also an active member of the Digital/Multimedia Scientific Area Committee (DMSAC) of the NIST Organization for Scientific Area Committees (OSAC).

Government Class Director

Ryan Griffith
DoD Cyber Crime Center

Ryan Griffith has worked for the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) for 15 years in the field of Digital Forensics. Throughout his tenure with DC3 he has served as a validator, developer, and researcher of digital forensics technologies, served as the lead mobile forensics exploitation engineer, lead technologist, and the Cyber Innovation Group Chair. Current work focuses on leading research and development initatives for mobile and IoT exploitation and promoting CASE adoption across the DoD. Ryan has co-authored several CASE publications and presented on the subject matter at numerous conferences and workshops.

Ryan was elected Goverment Class Director and appointed Deputy Director of the CASE Community by the CASE Presiding Director.

CASE Technical Director

Alex Nelson
National Institute of Standards & Technology

Dr. Alex Nelson is a Computer Scientist at NIST, working on research in security automation and contributing to the National Vulnerability Database. Dr. Nelson has a dual B.A./B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from The Evergreen State College, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Nelson's research emphasizes foundational measurability of digital forensic processes. Dr. Nelson is currently serving as the inaugural CASE Ontology Committee Chair, and has had substantial input and experience in CASE's Adoption Committee and Unified Cyber Ontology's Ontology Committee. Dr. Nelson is a coauthor on multiple CASE publications, and has established many policies to enable the CASE ontology release process and resource development.

For-profit Class Director

Martin Westman

Martin has worked in the mobile device technology field since 1994. Before Martin started working for MSAB in 2004, before that he was working with consumer hardware manufacturers as product manager. During these years, Martin was part of Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) and involved in creating the Bluetooth standard. He was also part of the team creating and implementing the EXIF standard. In 2004 Martin started working for MSAB as a mobile forensic specialist trainer. Having delivered more than a hundred training courses globally, Martin is well recognized in the digital forensic industry. Whilst mobile forensics is his main field of expertise, he has a longstanding awareness of digital and cyber forensics, and the challenges encountered in the industry. Martin has held many roles within MSAB over the last 16 years, bouncing back and forth between sales and development, and he is currently working as TechSales manager. He also oversees the work being done in Research and Development on the physical extraction and decryption capabilities in XRY, along with more specialized products for device penetration. Martin has a long history of leading workshops for government organizations and presenting at forensics conferences and seminars - HTCIA, F3, DC3, Mobile Forensics World, Techno Forensics and the Crimes Against Children Conference, to name a few. Martin is also part of the Interpol Digital Forensics Expert Group and has on several occasions, assisted law enforcement and government agencies in successfully acquiring mobile data from challenging and complex high-profile cases to support major investigations. Martin is also the only known person to have successfully completed a forensic extraction of a phone whilst in freefall. He once combined skydiving with mobile forensics and recorded the moment - to invent a new sport called extreme hexdumping. So far there is only one practitioner.

Non-profit Class Director

Rich Brown
Project VIC

Richard W. Brown is the Co-Founder and CEO, Project VIC International, an international child rescue organization Project VIC champions a transformation in the approach to child exploitation investigations internationally by developing and adopting innovative technologies and victim-centric forensic workflows. Project VIC International participation with law enforcement, industry, academia and other non-profits has enabled technology and innovation to be transferred globally to developing countries to fight the abuse of children and rescue them from harm. Previously, as the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children’s Law Enforcement liaison he had opportunities to work with over 40 countries to build law enforcement’s capacity to address crimes against children. Rich continues to work with the State Department, Homeland Security, United Nations, FBI, NCA, Interpol and others by donating and licensing technologies while training their specialists. Before his non-profit work, Captain Richard Brown served through the ranks within the New Jersey State Police before departing after 25 years as the Chief of Intelligence Management. Richard Brown holds a Graduate Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a concentration in Computer Forensics and Network Security.

Academia Class Director

Christopher Hargreaves
University of Oxford

Christopher Hargreaves has a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Bristol, an MSc in Information Security and Computer Crime from University of South Wales, and a PhD in Digital Forensics from Cranfield University. He is currently a lecturer on the Software Engineering Programme, teaching on the MSc in Software and Systems Security. Previously, before starting at Oxford, Chris founded a digital forensics R&D consultancy which he ran for three years, and continues to operate on a part-time basis. Prior to that Chris was a lecturer at Cranfield University (Cranfield Forensics Institute), for seven years and was course director for their MSc in Digital Forensics. Chris is on the editorial board for the journal of Digital Investigation, and on the technical programme committee for several international digital forensics conferences.

For more information on the Governance Committee composition and responsibilities refer to the Community Bylaws.