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July 2015 General Meeting

Robert Osgood on Computer Forensics

July 25, 2015, 9:30 a.m., George Mason University

Correction: the meeting will be in Exploratory Hall Room L004. Details below.

Computer forensics is the fine art and science of figuring out who did what on a computer or network. At any given time, your Mac (and iPhone, and Windows machine, and Android) has more than one user doing things. Preferably, there are two: you, the owner or user, and the operating system itself. When that number grows to include people or organizations you don't know, bad things usually happen.

Robert Osgood is an expert in this field, having recently retired from the FBI, where he specialized in computer forensics, cyber crime, computer-based criminal organizations, electronic espionage, and other fun things. He is now a professor at George Mason University.

Robert Osgood, Computer forensics expert

Robert Osgood

Once again, we will attempt to stream the meeting over the Internet: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wap-general-meeting.

The General Meeting will be in Exploratory Hall, Room L004 (17 on the map below), on the George Mason University campus in Fairfax VA. Check back closer to the meeting date for any updates or changes.

George Mason University map

Exploratory Hall

If you exit the Shenandoah Parking Garage, Enterprise Hall (our usual location) is on the left, but the July meeting is in Exploratory Hall, to the right. Enter through the double doors and walk to the middle of the floor to the room.

Click on the map for a much larger version of the George Mason University campus map.

George Mason University Essential Information

Address: 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA (near Rte 123 and Braddock Road). Directions and Map: http://www.gmu.edu/welcome/Directions-to-GMU.html

Interactive map of campus: http://eagle.gmu.edu/map/fairfax.php

Important Parking Information: Two Options, Paid and Free

The Shenandoah Parking Garage (formerly the Sandy Creek Parking Garage because it is located on Sandy Creek) is fee-based facility. It is more convenient and closer to the meeting location. The Pi will subsidize the facility's parking fee by providing vouchers for donation request of $4.00.

If using the parking garage, park in Visitor's area; i.e., the lowest level. Take the elevator to the third floor (Campus Level), and exit along the sky bridge.

After the meeting, exit the garage using the exits marked for Validated Tickets. Your parking ticket goes in first. Then the validation ticket goes in next. If you have any problems, there is a speaker box for calling the parking lot attendant at the checkout point.

Free parking in Lot A

Park as close to Mattaponi River Lane as possible, then walk north along that road toward the main campus buildings. The sidewalk route takes you directly to the side of Enterprise Hall, on your left. The meeting room is located on the second floor, accessible via outside stairs or via an elevator on your right as soon as you enter the building through the doors behind the outside stairs. We will endeavor to have signs posted to help guide you to the right location. It is at least a five-minute walk from Lot A and up a slight incline. We will be using a golf cart along the route, to offer rides to those who want or need a lift.

Handicapped Parking: There are three handicap parking spaces next to Enterprise Hall that can be used by members, on a first come first served basis. Have your Handicap Sticker showing on the dashboard or on the rear-view mirror.