SiQuest is extremely proud of its team of highly skilled and motivated instructors. Each instructor possesses years of demonstrated computer forensic investigative experience, and a wealth of knowledge in various facets of technology crime.
All of our instructors come from law enforcement related backgrounds and have extensive experiences in criminal and technology crime investigations. Students who attend any SiQuest professional series training course can be assured of a first rate learning experience.
We are therefore pleased to introduce you to our team.
JOHN BRADLEY, Master Instructor
John Bradley is the CEO, Founder, Principal Investigator and Chief Software Architect at SiQuest.
He is a former police Sergeant and 17 year veteran of the Durham Regional Police Service, the largest regional police service in Ontario. John first became involved with computer forensics in 1997 while still assigned to uniform patrol. He was frequently seconded to the Major Crime Branch, on a per case basis, to manage all computer technology aspects of select high profile criminal investigations.
In the years that followed, John became involved in several major criminal investigations involving homicide, serious sexual assault, and crimes against children (eg: child pornography). His computer forensic discoveries and presentation of the evidence in court were pivotal to the conviction process, in almost each case. In recognition of his efforts, he was awarded a commendation of distinction by the Crown Attorney, citing his particular expertise in Durham’s first homicide by poison in May of 2000.
A true innovator and self-taught programmer, John began developing commercial software in 1993 while still assigned to uniform patrol. His earlier projects were geared mainly towards the automation of criminal court documents. However, he soon became focused entirely on computer forensic tools development with an emphasis on creating time-saving solutions to help with his own investigations. With the interest of making his tools available to law enforcement worldwide, John created Armor Data Inc. as a part-time software development company in order to manage the distribution of his software.
In April 2006, John left policing and joined Canada’s Scotiabank as the Director of Technology Crime and Forensics. He was responsible for all electronic investigations, both domestic and abroad and building the bank’s forensic infrasture. Tired of the mundane day to day board room meetings, John ventured out to start his own professional services and computer forensic software development company. In doing so, Armor Data Inc. was officially renamed to Digital Investigations Group Inc.
Since 2006, John has evolved as a business leader, a seasoned computer forensic investigator, and as a professional software developer. His biggest achievement to date has been the development of “CacheBack”, a sophisticated Internet cache and history analyis tool now in its second generation. CacheBack® has quickly become the tool of choice for most Internet related investigations with international users from all major levels of governement and law enforcement. The positive feedback about CacheBack, and his company’s dedication to supporting law enforcement, have once again given rise to the need for corporate re-branding.
Not complacent by his accomplishments, John is extremely focused on innovation and is determined to continually engineer new products for the forensic industry. That is why in October 2009, he re-established the company as “SiQuest Corporation”.
“With a name like SiQuest, people will come to know us as innovators and pioneers of Internet forensic software. SiQuest will introduce a whole new calibre and genre of forensic products and we will listen to our users and respond to their needs. There has never been a greater time to be involved in computer forensics and we are looking forward to making a difference.”
– John Bradley, CEO
Recently retired from the Canada Revenue Agency after more than 36 years service, Ron spent 22 years of his career in the Criminal Investigations branch of the Agency, involved in the conduct of Income Tax and Goods and Services Tax fraud investigations.
Initially trained in 1992 under a joint Canada – US program of the respective revenue authorities in the search, seizure and analysis of electronically stored financial data, Ron also received additional formal training, by invitation, from the US Internal Revenue Service and was awarded a Seized Computer Evidence Recovery Specialist certificate from the US Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Ron was the co-author and co-instructor for the first IRS training module dealing with the Macintosh platform in the fall of 1992 and has continued his research and development of expertise relating to the Macintosh OS. Also , in recent years, Ron provided significant input into the development of the Canada Revenue Agency’s Computer Search and Evidence Recovery function and has been frequently consulted by CRA management for opinions on the legal impact of procedures and input into the development of policies, related to electronic evidence.
Ron has been involved in more than 200 Agency cases involving digital evidence and in addition, has provided consultation and analytical assistance to the RCMP D Division Federal Unit , Canada Border Services Agency Investigations Division, and the Winnipeg Police Services Commercial Crime Unit. He has been called upon as an expert witness in regard to Macintosh OS time stamps as well as internet artifacts in criminal court and has extensive experience as a witness.
Ron holds a Master of Science in Information Security from the Department of Mathematics, Royal Holloway College , the University of London (UK). His specialty subjects at RHUL were Advanced Cryptography and Computer Crime. In addition, Ron holds a professional accounting designation (Certified General Accountant) and a certificate in adult training techniques from the Center for Career Development (Revenue Canada). Ron has taught formal computer forensic courses to CRA staff as well as other visiting law enforcement officers and has provided on the job training to new investigators engaged in computer forensics.
His current research interests are the detection and quantification of anti-forensic techniques as evidence of criminal activity, methodology and legal implications of redacting privileged information from evidentiary media, forensically sound techniques to recover information protected by steganographic methods and efficiencies in bit stream imaging methods.
Ron joins the SiQuest Team of Instructors as a seasoned investigator with a wealth of experience and formal forensics training. Ron’s knowledge of the Macintosh operating system and his pursuits in anti-forensics methodologies are both impressive, and a welcomed resource to our Professional Series Training curriculum.
JIM DIBBLE, BSc, CFCE, SCERS, CEECS
For more than thirty years Jim Dibble has served as a law enforcement professional in many diverse worldwide assignments. In 1992, Jim retired from the US Army Criminal Investigation Command as a Chief Warrant Officer, after twenty years of service. Between 1992 and 1994, Jim developed and implemented a Pre-Trial Services Program for the Thurston County Judiciary in Olympia, WA.
In 1994 Jim joined the Washington State Gambling Commission as a commissioned Special Agent and is currently assigned to the agency’s Criminal Intelligence Unit, working out of the Spokane Regional Field Office. During his tenure with the Washington State Gambling Commission, Jim designed and implemented the agency’s computer and cell phone forensics unit, serving as the lead examiner. Among his other duties, Jim serves as the Criminal Intelligence Analyst for Eastern Washington, is a member of the Inland Northwest Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, and serves as the lead member of the federal Internet Gambling Task Force for the Eastern District of Washington.
Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New York and holds professional certifications as a Forensic Computer Examiner, Seized Computer Evidence Recovery Specialist, Electronic Evidence Collection Specialist, and Fraud Examiner. Jim is a member of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS), where he serves as Chairman of the Problem Development Committee within the Certification Division. Jim is an instructor of basic and advanced computer forensics topics for IACIS and ITT Tech and trains International and US law enforcement in cyber crime investigation.
In joining the team of instructors at SiQuest, Jim brings a uniquely qualified investigative experience and practical insight into the classroom. His investigative knowledge and formal training in instructing and working with law enforcement brings significant value to our trainees. His involvement in the forensic industry is both evident and well recognized, and we are extremely pleased to have Jim aboard!
ERIK ZABIK, LEAD INSTRUCTOR (CFCE, CEECS)
Erik Zabik is a twelve-year police veteran and sworn Deputy Sheriff with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in Sanford, Florida. He is a seasoned computer forensic investigator and has acquired a wealth of knowledge and skills in all aspects of digital evidence relating to criminal investigations. Erik has testified and has been qualifed as an expert in both state and federal court.
Erik regularly participates in a number of Central Florida task force programs relating to the field of digital forensics. These programs include the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), the Federal Bureau of Investigations Innocent Images Task Force, the Florida State Attorney Generals Office Child Predator Cyber Crime Task Force, and the United States Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force.
Erik has received extensive training in the field of computer forensics, including courses relating to products by AccessData and Guidance Software, as well as for the Macintosh operating system. Erik is not only a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) and a Certified Electronic Evidence Collection Specialist (CEECS), he also mentors and proctors aspiring CFCE candidates through his appointment to the IACIS Certification Committee.
As an accomplished instructor of computer forensic crime scene procedures and investigative tactics for law enforcement, Erik brings to SiQuest a very high level of energy and interest to the classroom. His extensive training and knowledge of industry leading forensic software provides a valuable context to the delivery of our Advanced Internet Browser Forensics – Using CacheBack course. Welcome aboard!