Information Systems Security Association, Inland Empire Chapter

The Etiquette of Being Deposed

Presented by Andy Spruill on May 26th, 2009

Fusion Bar and Grill (formerly Tony Roma's)
3550 Porsche Way, Ontario, CA 91764


If you are a practitioner of Digital Forensics, there will come the day when you are handed a subpoena. Soon thereafter, you will find yourself being deposed as to your part in the litigation that is underway. This session is designed to prepare you for what to expect during that deposition. There is a distinct etiquette in how depositions proceed and how you should interact with the other participants in both verbal and non-verbal ways. The better you understand this etiquette, the more you will find yourself able to focus on the matter for which you were subpoenaed. This presentation is based on Andy's first hand experiences of being deposed during several of his past criminal and civil forensic assignments.


Andy currently serves as the head of Risk Management for Guidance Software, the maker of EnCase® - the world's leading digital investigative platform. In this position, Andy combines his expertise as a security professional and digital forensic investigator to help Guidance identify and mitigate areas of potential risk.

Andy began his professional career by serving overseas as a Special Agent with US Army Intelligence. During his time in the military he actively took part in numerous intelligence operations in support of the Cold War and the first Gulf War. After several years of distinguished service, Andy left the military and entered into the information technology industry.

In 2001, after establishing a successful career in the IT industry, Andy was approached by the Westminster, California Police Department to help them create a unit specializing in computer forensics and high technology crime. Since that time Andy has brought his digital expertise to bear on numerous criminal cases, especially in the area of Asian Gang activity.

Andy also makes time to share his knowledge and experience by teaching a year long Computer Forensics certificate course at California State University, Fullerton. This course focuses on preparing students for entry into the Digital Forensics discipline.

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