Gina is Forensic IT Expert in Fox-IT’s Forensics and Incident Response department. Before Gina came to Fox-IT, she graduated with a double master’s from the University of Amsterdam. She was good at math and liked technology, so she chose to study Artificial Intelligence (AI) for her bachelor’s, which she describes as: “ICT combined with psychology, simulating the mind of a human being on a computer.” After graduating, she started a master’s with a specialization in Forensic Intelligence, but later decided to do a second master’s in Forensic Science, where she learned all about DNA, fingerprints, trace evidence and forensic processes. “Fox-IT offers the best of both worlds, so digital forensic examiner fits me perfectly”, says Gina.
Gina works on digital forensics, but she also does training sessions and helps with e-discovery cases. Her work is very diverse. “If a client calls because an incident occurred, we must act quickly.” In such cases, Gina first conducts an intake interview with the client, and then draws a plan of action. If the client agrees, the data will be secured in the Fox-IT lab. “When that’s done, the real investigation can begin.”
Gina also worked at the Managed Security Services (MSS) department for a while. “The MSS department monitors 24/7 our clients’ systems and networks. They detect, investigate and resolve cyber threats and suspicious activity, such as hacking, data leaks or virus outbreaks. I helped MSS redesigning a system that handles large amounts of data. My knowledge of artificial intelligence algorithms was very useful to analyze and recognize data patterns. And that’s what I like about Fox-IT: you get the opportunity to work for other departments. Others see what you are good at and the contribution you can make. That’s a great challenge.”
Gina sees herself still working at Fox-IT in her current position five years from now, and wants to become a judicial expert. “There is still a lot I can learn at Fox-IT. You can continue to develop yourself here. As a legal expert, I can advise the court of the probative value of digital evidence. I would also like to write a scientific paper on a Fox-IT topic.”