Cindy Murphy is a Detective with the City of Madison, WI Police Department and has been a Law Enforcement Officer since 1985. She is a certified forensic examiner and has been involved in computer forensics since 1999. Det. Murphy has directly participated in the examination of many hundreds of hard drives, cell phones, and other items of digital evidence pursuant to criminal investigations including homicides, missing persons, computer intrusions, sexual assaults, child pornography, financial crimes, and various other crimes. She has testified as a computer forensics expert in state and federal court on numerous occasions, using her knowledge and skills to assist in the successful investigation and prosecution of criminal cases involving digital evidence. She also helped to develop the digital forensics certificate program at Madison Area Technical College. She is a certified SANS instructor and co-authored and teaches the Advanced Mobile Device Forensics (FOR585) course for the SANS Institute. She has presented internationally on various digital forensics topics and frequently writes articles and whitepapers for the community on various forensics related topics. She earned her MSc in Forensic Computing and Cyber Crime Investigation through University College, Dublin where she completed her dissertation on the subject of victim age estimation from child exploitation images.
She is also involved with the Wisconsin Association of Computer Crimes Investigators (WACCI) where she serves as Past President for the WACCI West Chapter, Chicago Electronic Crimes Task Force, High Tech Crime Consortium (HTCC), High Tech Crime Network (HTCN), and the International Guild of Knot Tyers (IGKT).