Damon S. Hacker, MBA, CISA, CSXF, CMMC-RP

As a founder of Vestige, Damon has over 30 years experience working with technology. For more than 20 years, he has worked in the industry or consulted businesses on big-picture IT Management issues, as well as deeply technical issues. His foundation as a programmer/developer, formal training in IT, as well as years of experience working with businesses provides him with an extremely deep understanding of a multitude of issues that arise on digital devices.

Helping to shape the fast-moving CyberSecurity & Digital Forensics industries.

His software development experience further provides him with a deep understanding of how data is stored, and where it is stored, which gives him a distinct advantage when considering how Digital Forensics can be used to obtain the evidence.

Since 2001, Damon has been involved in the digital forensics field. He has developed the techniques and procedures that protect and preserve the evidence, allowing its admissibility in courts, as well as performing the actual analyses on cases. He has testified in State and Federal courts and has been recognized as an Expert in Computer Forensics under Federal Rules of Evidence 702. He is a member of the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners (ISFCE), Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) and stays active in several Computer Forensic-only message boards.

Helping to shape this important and fast-moving industry, he is responsbile for leading Vestige and overseeing corporate strategic direction and growth, finance and administration, as well as the sales and marketing functions of the company.

Damon is a sought-after speaker on the topic of Forensics, Electronic Discovery, IT Security and IT Audit subjects and has given presentations and been part of expert panels within the region, including presentations to several Professional Associations (legal, accounting and others), in the Information Security area, as well as seminars to area attorneys and law firms. He has also been published a number of times on topics relating to Computer Forensics as well as other Technology related subjects.

Damon earned his Master in Business Administration from the Weatherhead School of Management, and his undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University. In addition he holds the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA),  (CSX) Cybersecurity Nexus Fundamentals certification from the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). He is also a CMMC Registered Practitioner (CMMC-RP) for DoD cybersecurity compliance.

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Greg Kelley, BS, EnCE, DFCP

As a founder of Vestige, Greg has been involved in the digital forensics field since 2000. He is responsible for the creation of Vestige’s infrastructure and continues to oversee the process of standardizing and streamlining Vestige’s forensic analysis to provide consistent high-quality results in a timely basis.

Leading the Digital Forensics field since 2000.

Greg leads Vestige’s Digital Forensic and E-Discovery services. His responsibilities include helping to determine strategic direction of the company and overseeing the day-to-day operations and internal Information Systems infrastructure. He helps in performing as well as managing the digital forensic investigations and leads the Data Evidence Specialists and Forensic Analysts on the Vestige team.

Greg has 20 years of experience working in the computer industry. His various positions and responsibilities included custom software design and implementation, network management and security, database programming, disaster recovery and end-user support. For the past 15 years, Greg has helped Vestige become one of the few companies capable of performing comprehensive digital forensic investigations. He has worked on criminal and civil matters covering areas such as intrusion and incident response, intellectual property theft, fraud and uncovering hidden assets. Greg is experienced and has testified in State court and Federal court in both civil and criminal cases.

Greg graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and a minor in Artificial Intelligence from Case Western Reserve University. He holds the professional designation of Encase Certified Examiner (EnCE) and Digital Forensics Certified Practitioner (DFCP). He is an active participant in the digital forensics industry having spoken at conferences such as Techno Forensics, ISS World (Intelligent Support Systems), Computer and Enterprise Investigations Conference (CEIC) and Paraben Forensic Innovations Conference (PFIC). Prior to Vestige, Greg was founder of two predecessor computer consulting companies in the Ohio region.

Headquartered near Cleveland, OH, Vestige supports litigation work throughout the U.S., and supports cases  internationally as well.

 

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Theresa Gyorok

Theresa joined Vestige in 2009. As Operations Manager, she is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating Vestige’s administrative operations including: accounts payable, accounts receivable, and improving business processes and policies in support of organizational goals using Standard Operating Procedures.

She also performs Human Resources duties including recruitment, placement and retention of staff; and coordinates payroll and benefits.

Manages the Operations & Personnel functions at Vestige.

She provides support to Sales, Marketing and Customer Service and supervises the Office Administrator. Theresa also provides strategic input and assists in the development of strategic plans for operational activity as a liaison to Administration. Prior to joining Vestige, Theresa worked at BF Goodrich, Dow Chemical and Eaton Corp.

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Betsy Mikalacki, BA

Betsy brings extensive expertise to Vestige’s Marketing Department having worked in technology, medical, and manufacturing sectors. She coordinates all internal and external communications including strategic planning, budgeting and management of Vestige’s marketing and promotion endeavors. Her responsibilities also include traditional and virtual tradeshows, website, social media, CRM, advertising, media relations, publications and collateral management.

Experienced marketing and communications professional.

She is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, specializing in Public Relations. She is a member of the American Marketing Association and is a graduate of the Leadership Medina program.

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Nick Ventura, AS, CCE, GCFA, Security+, A+

Nick joined Vestige in 2006 and worked his way up to Senior Forensic Analyst. Then in 2017 he moved to the Technical Sales Engineer position. Nick brings extensive product knowledge and customer service experience to this sales position having conducted more than 400 forensic examinations, as well as case management and technical expertise.

His responsibilities include business development, inside sales and speaking engagements.

Nick brings deep technical, service and sales expertise to Vestige clientele.

Nick graduated from Pittsburgh Technical College with an Associate Degree in Science with IT concentration in Computer Forensics and Network Security. He holds certifications as a Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) issued by the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners, GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA), is Network Security+ and A+ Certified by CompTIA. He is also a member of the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners (ISFCE).

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Ian Finch, BS, GCFA

Ian joined Vestige in 2014. He first interned at Vestige during college, after graduation he was hired as a Digital Evidence Specialist, promoted to Forensic Analyst in 2016, then accepted his current position as Senior Forensic Analyst in 2018. In this role, he is responsible for analyzing, testing and reporting on Electronically Stored Information (ESI) on digital devices from clients, opposing parties, and third parties.

Ian has a deep knowledge of both the technical and the legal aspects of Digital Forensic matters. To assure accurate outcomes, the Scientific Method of Testing is appled to each case. He works closely with clients throughout the forensic process and provides exceptional reporting. This includes memos, verbal report of findings, or written Expert Report. He also provides deposition, hearing and trial Expert Testimony. He takes special interest in malware analysis.

Expert in fraud, IP theft, and criminal cases.

Ian holds the professional designation of GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA) through the SANS Institute. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Forensic Science from Defiance College.

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Alyssa Rhodes, BS, AS, DFCA

Alyssa is originally from Ashtabula, Ohio. In 2015 she graduated from Pittsburgh Technical College in Oakdale, PA where she earned an Associate Degree in Science, Information Technology.  She also completed an internship at Vestige in 2015. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Forensics and Digital Investigations through Champlain College, Burlington, VT.

 

Provides Expert Digital Forensics Service.

She joined Vestige as a Data Evidence Specialist  in March 2018.  She was quickly promoted to Forensic Analyst in May 2019, then Senior Forensic Analyst in April 2022. She holds certification as a Digital Forensic Certified Practitioner (DFCA) through the national Digital Forensics Certification Board.

As a Forensic Analyst she is responsible for securing, preserving, analyzing and reporting on Electronically Stored Information (ESI) from clients, opposing parties and 3rd party digital devices that have been retained by Vestige.

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Mary Brewer, MBA, BS, AAS

Mary joined Vestige in 2018. As a CyberSecurity Analyst she is responsible for conducting proactive CyberSecurity Services. This includes helping contracted organizations with CyberSecurity Readiness, Vulnerability Scanning, External Penetration Testing, Compliance Audits and IT General Control Audits.

Mary is a graduate of Lorain Community College where she earned an Associate Degree in Applied Engineering Technology – Computer & Digital Forensics and Business Forensics Investigations. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University in Computer Science. She completed a Master’s Degree from Cleveland State University in Finance.

 

Skilled in CyberSecurity & Cyber Risk Policies.

 

 

 

 

 

Expertise:

  • Conducts audit processes using NIST, HITRUST and CMMC Cybersecurity Frameworks.
  • Develops and Tests Disaster Recovery Plans and Incident Response Plans.
  • Creates Business Continuity Plans.
  • Conducts Risk Assessments and recommends security enhancements.
  • Performs Third Party Risk Management functions and develops guidance to address weaknesses.
  • Writes System Security Plans and Procedures and determines remediation procedures necessary to correct weaknesses.
  • Develops Plans of Actions and Milestones (POA&Ms) to correct findings of non-compliance.
  • SPRS Score Calculation and explanation of activities required for increasing score (CMMC Framework).
  • Conducts Onsite and Remote Interviews (Local/National/International) for assessment and remediation.
  • Writes Information Security Policies for clients in various industries including government contractors.
  • Performs vulnerability scans, examines group policy, and firewall monitoring.
  • Writes business practices, processes and procedures.

She is a member of the Information Systems and Audit Control Association (ISACA), InfraGard and (ISC)2.

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Danny Stemple, BS, CCO, CCPA, ACE

Kenneth “Danny” Stemple, Jr., hails from Parkersburg, WV, where he attended Parkersburg H.S. He received an Associate of Arts degree in Computer Science from West Virginia University and went on to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Forensics from Marshall University in WV in 2016.

He currently holds three professional designations:  Cellebrite Certified Operator (CCO), Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst (CCPA), and AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE).

CyberSecurity & Digital Forensics Experience.

Danny is a CyberSecurity Analyst at Vestige.  This includes helping contracted organizations with CyberSecurity Readiness, Vulnerability Scanning, External Penetration Testing, Compliance Audits and IT General Control Audits.

He also is a Forensic Analyst and is responsible for securing, preserving, analyzing and reporting on Electronically Stored Information (ESI) from clients, opposing parties and 3rd party digital devices that have been retained by Vestige.

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Jade Brown, BA

Jade Brown resides in Beachwood, OH. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics from Ohio University in Athens, OH. Jade served as an Ambassador for the Taiwan-U.S. Sister Alliance (TUSA) and was a TUSA Scholarship recipient.  The pattern-thinking style which served Jade well in subjects such as language acquisition, and political science enabled her to cultivate her interests in technology, cyber forensics, and threat intelligence.

Gaining Clarity On Client Cybersecurity

She went on to earn a Graduate Program Certificate in Computer Forensics from Utica College, in Utica, NY. She leveraged her Mandarin and cultural expertise as an active participant in cyberintelligence forums on Chinese information warfare, denial and deception, and state actors. She is also a member of InfraGard’s Northern Ohio Chapter.

As a Cybersecurity Analyst, Jade helps to conduct proactive Cybersecurity Services for Vestige clients. She is experienced in:

  • Conducting CyberReadiness and CyberSecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Assessments, including completing a gap analysis and report of findings
  • Creation, review, and updating of a System Security Plan (SSP) and Plan of Actions and Milestones (POAM)
  • Current and developing issues in Data/Asset Protection and System Hacking
  • Assisting clients in reporting on security controls and achieving compliance with the security objectives identified in frameworks such as CIS Benchmarks and NIST 800-53
  • Conducting network and web application penetration tests, physical security assessments, and vulnerability assessments
  • Practices in auditing and assessment, policy review, system and network security, threat identification, reconnaissance, exploitation, and anti-forensics.

She previously worked as a Data Evidence Specialist at Vestige, and has experience is this arena as well.

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Taylor Lampert, BS

Taylor Lampert joined Vestige in 2021. As a Data Evidence Specialist, he is responsible for acquiring Electronically Stored Information (ESI) on digital devices from clients, opposing parties, and 3rd parties.  The data is then preserved and/or prepared utilizing forensically-sound procedures for case analysis. Specialists are also responsible for safekeeping, managing and returning physical evidence belonging to clients, opposing side and/or third parties.

Taylor hails from Johnstown, OH.  He is a graduate of Gahanna Lincoln High School. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Digital Forensics from The University of Akron, in Akron, OH. He graduated in May of 2021. While at Akron he took numerous digital forensic courses applicable to his new position including forensics software: Autopsy, Access Data Forensic Tool Kit (FTK) imager applications, Linux, Prodiscover Basic, and Wireshark.

Preservation specialist.

Taylor was a member of the college’s CAST Student Advising Club. He also worked as a Technology Advisor.

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Darius Thomas, BS

Darius Thomas joined Vestige in 2021. As a Data Evidence Specialist, he is responsible for acquiring Electronically Stored Information (ESI) on digital devices from clients, opposing parties, and 3rd parties.  The data is then preserved and/or prepared utilizing forensically-sound procedures for case analysis. Specialists are also responsible for safekeeping, managing and returning physical evidence belonging to clients, opposing side and/or third parties.

Darius is originally from Cincinnati, OH where he attended Walnut Hills High School. He went on to graduate cum laude and was an Honor Scholar from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY.  Here he earned a Bachelor of Science in Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity in 2021.  Through his studies, he has working knowledge of multiple digital forensic tools used to conduct investigations and analysis of digital media including: FTK, Cellebrite UFED, Magnet Axiom Examiner, and Autopsy Sleuth Kit.  Darius was bestowed the College of Science Dean’s Award in Fall 2019 and President’s Award in 2020.

Digital Evidence Acquisition Expert

He brings a year of Digital Forensic experience having worked as Digital Forensics Lab Intern for Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch; and as a Cybersecurity Contractor for a Kentucky cyber firm.

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Daniel Colwell

Daniel Colwell of Seven Hills, OH joined Vestige Digital Investigations as an Application Developer in 2020.

Dan graduated from the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center in Brecksville, OH where he completed the Computer Science Program. He also attended Cleveland State University for Computer Science.

Dan brings nine years of experience to the position having in-depth knowledge of programming in SQL, .Net, C #, JavaScript, VBScript and many more programming languages.

Skilled Software Programmer

As an Application Developer at Vestige, Dan will lead the software development efforts including Vestige’s CRM, financial software, evidence tracking system, database work, and other custom programming and analysis projects.

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Abi Allen

Abi is a 2020 graduate Cuyahoga Community College where she earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration & General Management.  She brings five years of experience in reception, office administration and operations to the position.

 

Accomplished in Office Administration

As the Office Administrator at Vestige she assists with case files from inception to close, CRM data entry, creating and maintaining standard operating procedures as well as travel arrangements, reception, office supply procurement, special events and other administrative support functions.

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