Dr. Easttom has almost 30 years of computer industry experience,a doctorate (D.Sc.) in cyber security (dissertation topic: "A Comparative Study Of Lattice Based Algorithms For Post Quantum Computing"), a doctorate (Ph.D.) in technology (focused on nanotechnology dissertation topic: "The Impact of Complexity on Carbon Nanotube Failures") as well as 3 masters degrees (1 in applied computer science, 1 in systems engineering, and 1 in education) and over 55 industry certifications. His experience includes software engineering, database design, network administration, cryptography, machine learning, data mining, engineering processes, as well as cybersecurity and digital forensics. He is the author of 30 published computer science books, over 60 published papers, and holds 22 computer science related patents. He is also a reviewer for six scientific journals and editor in chief for one. In addition to industry experience, he has 15 years of litigation support experience including extensive testifying experience at depositions and trials. He has testified over 50 times. Chuck Easttom is a senior member of the IEEE and senior member of the ACM, and is a Distinguished Speaker of the ACM and a Distinguished Visitor of the IEEE. He has worked on digital forensics cases, computer patent cases, software copyright cases, cybersecurity cases, and trade secrets cases.
- Computer Security
- Intellectual Property
- Software Engineering
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: The following is a list of engineering and computer industry certifications I have earned.
Note: some of these appear also in computer industry certifications
1. Associate of Systems Engineering (ASEP) from INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering) 05452.
2. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) Windows Server 2000 Certification Number: A527-9552
3. EC Council Certified Application Security Engineer - .Net
4. EC Council Certified Application Security Engineer - Java
Hardware and Networking Related Certifications
1. CompTIA (Computer Technology Industry Associations) A+ Certified D76DTT4107
2. CompTIA Network + Certified COMP10163630
3. CompTIA Server+ Certified COMP10163630
4. CompTIA I-Net+ Certified COMP10163630
5. CompTIA Cloud+ Certified COMP001021522764
Operating System Related Certifications
6. CompTIA Linux + Certified COMP10163630
7. Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) – Windows Server 2000 Professional Certification Number: A527-9546
8. Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) Windows Server 2000 Certification Number: A527-9556
9. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) Windows Server 2000 Certification Number: A527-9552
10. Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
11. Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) Windows 7 Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
12. Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) Windows 7 Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
13. Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate Windows 7 Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
14. National Computer Science Academy Windows 8 Certification Certificate #: 4787829
Programming and Web Development Related Certifications
15. Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) – Visual Basic 6.0 Desktop Applications Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
16. Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) – Visual Basic 6.0 Distributed Applications Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
17. Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) - C# Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
18. Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT 2005-2012) Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
19. Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) Visual Studio 2010 Windows Application Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
20. Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) Visual Studio 2010 Data Access Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
21. National Computer Science Academy HTML 5.0 Certification Certificate #: 4788000.
22. National Computer Science Academy ASP.Net Certification Certificate #: 4788342
23. Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) Associate CIW0163791
24. EC Council Certified Application Security Engineer - .Net
25. EC Council Certified Application Security Engineer - Java
Database Related Certifications
26. Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) SQL Server 2000 Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
27. Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) Implementing SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
28. Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) SQL Server Administration Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
Security and Forensics Related Certifications
29. CIW Certified Security Analyst CIW0163791
30. EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker v5 (CEH) ECC942445
31. EC Council Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator v4 (CHFI) ECC945708
32. EC Council Certified Security Administrator (ECSA) ECC947248
33. EC Council Certified Encryption Specialist (ECES)
34. EC Council Certified Instructor
35. CISSP – Certified Information Systems Professional #387731
36. ISSAP – Certified Information Systems Architect #387731
37. CCFP – Certified Cyber Forensics Professional #387731
38. Certified Criminal Investigator (CCI) 2015-2017
39. Forensic Examination of CCTV Digital VTR Surveillance Recording Equipment
40. Oxygen Phone Forensics Certified
41. Access Data Certified Examiner (ACE) 2014-2017
42. OSForensics Certified Examiner (OSFCE)
43. Certified Forensic Consultant (CFC) 2015-2017
44. CompTIA Certified Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) COMP10163630
45. CompTIA Certified Cybersecurity Analysis (CySA+) COMP001021522764
46. CompTIA Pentest+ COMP001021522764
47. CompTIA Security+ COMP001021522764
48. CompTIA Security Analytics Specialist-CSAP COMP001021522764
49. CompTIA Secure Cloud Professional-CSCP COMP001021522764
50. CompTIA Network Vulnerability Assessment Professional-CNVP COMP001021522764
51. CompTIA Security Infrastructure Expert -CSIE COMP001021522764
52. CompTIA Security Analytics Expert-CSAE COMP001021522764
53. CompTIA Security Network Professional - CNSP
54. National Computer Science Academy Microsoft Word 2013 Certification Certificate #: 5078016
55. National Computer Science Academy Microsoft Word 2000 Certification Certificate #: 5078187
Texas State Licensed Private Investigator. Registration Number 827827. Associated with Allegiant Investigations & Security License Number: A18596
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: Senior Member of IEEE (Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers)
Senior Member of ACM (Association of Computing Machinery)
Member of INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering)
Member of IACR (International Association for Cryptological Research)
Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP) 05452
Member of IEEE Software & Systems Engineering Standards Committee. Working on the DevOps 2675 standards group 2017 to 2019.
Member of the IEEE Standard for a Unified Terminology for Brain-Computer Interfaces P2731standards group from 2019 to present.
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: I routinely teach computer security, secure programming, forensics, penetration testing, and related courses all over the world.
I have taught courses at community colleges, technical colleges, and universities as well as private companies and government groups. I currently conduct teaching for corporations and government agencies. I am also currently an adjunct at both Georgetown and University of Dallas.
I also have conducted a number of speaking engagements:
1. Mid-Cities PC Users Group September 19, 2003. The topic was computer security in general.
2. The Harvard Computer Society April 5, 2004. The topic was computer security.
3. The ACM Chapter of Columbia University November 15, 2005. The topic was computer viruses.
4. DeVry/Keller University in Dallas December 2009 Commencement Speaker.
5. Public presentation on computer crime in McKinney Texas in July 2008.
6. Southern Methodist University Computer Science and Engineering Colloquium September 2010. The topic was organized computer crime and computer terrorism. I was an invited speaker.
7. Takedowncon security conference in Dallas Texas, May 2011. The topic was steganography. I was an invited speaker.
8. An Overview of Modern Cryptography, May 5, 2011 Webinar
9. CAST Conference in Washington D.C. August 2011. The topic was Cryptography: Feistel Ciphers. The audience was primarily Department of Defense personnel and contractors. I was an invited speaker.
10. Digital Certificates: An Expert View, January 12, 2012 Webinar
11. Takedown security conference in Dallas Texas, May 2012. The topic was RSA cryptography. I was an invited speaker.
12. Problems with RSA, November 4, 2012 Webinar
13. Takedowncon security conference in Huntsville Alabama, July 15, 2013. The topic was cryptanalysis. The audience was primarily Department of Defense personnel and contractors. I was an invited speaker.
14. September 25-26, I conducted a 2-day master class in hacking techniques, in Singapore for Clariden Global. I was an invited speaker.
15. March 2014, I conducted a presentation for the University of Texas ACM chapter. The topics where distributed steganography and cryptographic backdoors.
16. May 26-27, 2014. I conducted a 2-day workshop in software testing in Singapore for Clariden Global. I was an invited speaker.
17. June 2014, I conducted a public talk on computer crime and internet safety in Melissa Texas, sponsored by the Melissa Police Department.
18. October 1, 2014 presentation of a talk on cryptographic backdoors at the ISC2 Security Conference in Atlanta Georgia.
19. October 5, 2014 presentation of a talk on cryptographic backdoors at the Hakon convention in Indore, India. I was an invited speaker.
20. October 17, 2014 U.S. Secret Service, North Texas Electronic Crimes (N-TEC) Task Force presenting a talk on the history and current state of computer crime. I was an invited speaker.
21. November 7, 2014 North Texas Crime Commission-Healthcare Cyber Security Symposium presenting a talk on health care breaches. I was an invited speaker.
22. January 27, 2015: Collin County Sheriff's Academy Alumni Association. "Cybercrime and online predators".
23. April 14, 2015 Brighttalk webinar “What you don’t know about Cryptography and how it can hurt you”.
24. May 4, 2015 North Texas Crime Commission-Healthcare Cyber Security Symposium presenting a talk on the causes and remediation of health care breaches. I was an invited speaker.
25. May 12, 2015 SecureWorld Houston “What you don’t know about Cryptography and how it can hurt you”.
26. August 20, 2015. Southwest Financial Crimes Forum “7 biggest mistakes of incident response.” I was an invited speaker.
27. September 30, 2015 ISC2 Security Congress “Cryptanalysis for Forensics”.
28. October 3, 2015. Conducted a 1-day workshop in Malware at Hakon India. I was an invited speaker.
29. October 4, 2015. Hakon India Indore India. 2015 “Cyberwar and Terrorism”.
30. November 4, 2015 iSMG Fraud Summit in Dallas Texas “Business Email Masquerading: How Hackers Are Fooling Employees to Commit Fraud”. I was an invited speaker.
31. November 5, 2015 SWACHA Electronic Payments Summit in Irving Texas “Emerging Trends in Cyber Crime”. I was an invited speaker.
32. May 25, 2016 “Improving Professional Standards in Cyber Forensics” Keynote speaker for Association of Digital Forensics Security and Law. I was an invited speaker.
33. June 22, 2016 the topic was “Cyber Security Issues Facing Business” Texas Security Bank Business Institute meeting. I was an invited speaker.
34. August 4, 2016 “Steganography: The in’s and Out’s” DefCon 24, Las Vegas.
35. September 12, 2016 USMCOC Third North American Sustainable Economic Development Summit Cyber Security, Information Technology & Innovation Panel. I was an invited speaker.
36. September 13, 2016 Tarleton State University CyberSecurity Summit at the George W. Bush Institute. The topic was "A template for incident response". I was an invited speaker.
37. September 28, 2016 Secure World Dallas. A presentation on "Analyzing Forensic Evidence -Applications of graph theory to forensic analysis”.
38. October 2, 2016 Hakon India (Indore India). A presentation on “The Dark Web Markets – Implications for Law Enforcement and Counter Terrorism”. I was an invited speaker.
39. October 18-19, 2016 Jordan Cyber Security & Forensics Forum (JCSFF-2016) Presenting two presentations. The topics were “Zero Day Exploits” and “How to forensically analyze Zero Day Exploits”. I was an invited speaker.
40. December 1-2. I conducted a 2-day advanced workshop on cyber-threat intelligence in Singapore for Clariden Global. I was an invited speaker.
41. January 17, 2017 the 2nd International Congress of the International Association of Law and Forensic Science (IALFS), in Cairo Egypt January 17, 18, 19. The topics were “Improving Digital Forensics” and “Applying Graph Theory to Model Forensic Examinations”. I was an invited speaker.
42. February 11, 2017. North Texas Cyber Security Association bi monthly meeting. Speaking on Dark Web Markets and their impact for law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Plano Texas Collin College Courtyard Campus.
43. February 17, 2017. American Academy of Forensic Sciences 69th Annual Meeting. Speaking on a novel approach JTAG phone forensics.
44. March 3, 2017. University of North Texas. A presentation on Applying Graph Theory to Analyzing Digital Evidence.
45. May 24, 2017. Enfuse 2017 conference in Las Vegas. A presentation on Applying Graph Theory to Analyzing Digital Evidence.
46. July 27, 2017. Defcon 25 2017 conference in Las Vegas. A presentation entitled “Windows: The Undiscovered Country” on undocumented features of Windows and SQL Server that can be used for hacking and penetration testing.
47. September 25, 2017 ISC2 Security Congress in Austin Texas. A presentation on" Applying Graph Theory to Analyzing Digital Evidence".
48. September 27 and 28, 2017. Secure Jordan conference in Amman. I presented two talks. The first is "An overview of current challenges in phone forensics". The second is "How to address dark web markets".
49. October 18-19 SecureWorld Dallas 2017. A presentation on "Cryptography, what you don't know and how it can hurt you".
50. January 8 to 10th Annual IEEE Computing and Communication Workshop at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, a presentation on my paper "A Generalized Methodology for Designing Non-Linear Elements in Symmetric Cryptographic Primitives". I also chaired a session on Artificial Intelligence, and another session on Computer Architecture and VLSI.
51. March 8 to 9 ICCWS conference (13th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security) presenting my paper "The Role of Weaponized Malware in Cyber Conflict and Espionage". Also presenting a research poster on “A Modified McCumber Cube as a Basis for a Taxonomy of Attacks”
52. March 23, 2018 presenting "Penetration Testing as a Profession Rather than a Dark Art". at the ISC2 Dallas Chapter Meeting in Murphy Texas.
53. April 11, 2018 University of Texas at Dallas ACM chapter is hosting my Distinguished Speaker of the ACM Talk "Quantum Computing and Lattice Based Cryptography"
54. May 7, 2018 Princess Sumaya University for Technology in Amman Jordan will be hosting my Distinguished Speaker of the ACM Talk "Applying Graph Theory to Digital Forensics" May 17, 2018. SecureWorld Houston 2018. Presentation on "Quantum Computing and Cryptography.”
55. May 17, 2018 speaking on “Quantum Computing and Post Quantum Cryptography” at SecureWorld Houston.
56. September 17-19, 2018 I will be presenting "Dark Web Market Investigations" at the San Antonio Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference
57. September 25, 2018 I will be presenting "Dark Web Market Investigations" at the Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2018 (formerly the Annual Seminar and Exhibits) in Las Vegas Tuesday, September 25, 2018 (11 am Session 5127)
58. October 8-10, 2018 "An exploration of quantum computing and post quantum cryptography" ISC2 Security Congress in New Orleans.
59. October 10-11, 2018 speaking on “Quantum Computing and Post Quantum Cryptography” at SecureWorld Dallas.
60. October 23-24, 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security. Presenting my paper "A Systems Approach To Indicators Of Compromise Utilizing Graph Theory"
61. January 7-9, 2019. I will be at the IEEE 9th Annual Computing and Communication Conference. On 9 January at 10:30 I will be the keynote speaker presenting a talk on "The impact of complexity and emergent properties on engineering". During the conference I am also presenting my papers "A Modified McCumber Cube as a Basis for a Taxonomy of Cyber Attacks" and "An Analysis of Leading Lattice-Based Asymmetric Cryptographic Primitives"
62. February 11th, an invited talk on “Application of Graph Theory for Digital Forensics” at Seton Hall University.
63. March 7-8, 2019 The International Conference on Data Sciences, Security and Applications(ICDSSA, 2019) Delivering two invited talks: "Overview of Cryptographic Backdoors" and "S-Box Design in symmetric cryptographic primitives" as part of the Distinguished Speakers of the ACM program.
64. March 14-15, 2019. Future of Information and Communication Conference (FICC) 2019 in San Francisco. I will be presenting my Distinguished Speaker of the ACM talk: "Quantum Computing and Lattice Based Cryptography".
65. April 4, 2019 Cyberintelligence Summit - Identifying Emerging Threats & Defenses. Fayetteville Arkansas. Speaking on "What Computer Science and Digital Forensics Can and Cannot Do for You in any Case". This is at the University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
66. April 5, 2019 Cyberintelligence Summit - Identifying Emerging Threats & Defenses. Fayetteville Arkansas. Speaking on "What Computer Science and Digital Forensics Can and Cannot Do for You in any Case". This is at the Arkansas Bar Center, Little Rock, Arkansas.
67. May 23-24, 2019. ACM Colloquium on Information Assurance, Cybersecurity, and Management CIACAM in Minneapolis. Delivering my Distinguished Speaker of the ACM talk on "Quantum Computing and Lattice Based Cryptography
68. September 27-28. ICCSIE –International Conference on Computer Science and Information Engineering in Beijing China. Presenting two papers as well as a keynote address "The current state of Quantum Computing"
69. October 11, 2019. Hacker Halted, presenting a talk on "The State of Dark Web Investigations".
70. October 26, 2019 Colloquium on Analytics, Data Science and Computing (CADSCOM 2019). Keynote talk on Quantum Computing and AI.
71. October 28-30. ISC2 Security Congress. Presenting on machine learning and cybersecurity.
72. November 6, 2019. IEEE Quantum Education Summit 2019. Speaking on master’s degree curriculum in quantum computing.
73. February 26-27, 2020. 5th International Conference on Quantum and Particle Physics in London, England. Delivering a talk entitled "Space-Time and Gravity as Emergent Quantum Properties"
74. September 2, 2020 National Centers for Academic Excellence invited talk: "Quantum Computing and how it relates to security"
75. September 10, 2020. International IOT, Electronics and Mechatronics Conference Delivering a keynote address "The impact of complexity and emergence on engineering"
76. November 19, 2020. Distinguished Visitor of the IEEE talk on "The impact of Emergence, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Chaos Theory on Engineering"
77. December 18, 2020. US-Korea Conference Sustainable Development & the Future. I am an invited speaker presenting on "Applications of Machine Learning to BCI (Brain Computer Interface"
- Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
- A: No
- Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
- A: Over 60 different cases. Several of these where complex cases involving multiple defendants.
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: Operating system patent infringement.
Software patent infringement.
Source code copyright infringement.
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
- A: 70%
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
- A: 30%
- Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
- A: 41 depositions (in addition I have testified at 11 trials and hearings. I have testified on a total of 52 occasions)
- Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
- A: November 18, 2020. The last time I testified at a trial was July 25, 26, and 27 2018 . The last time I testified at a hearing was December 21, 2020
- Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
- A: On 100% of the cases
- Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
- A: 11 times I have testified in court at trial or a hearing. This is in addition to 41 depositions.
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: 15
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: Consulting, investigation and research, expert reports, testifying.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
- A: 400 per hour.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
- A: 400 per hour.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
- A: 400 per hour.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
- A: 400 per hour.
- Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
- A: normal travel expenses
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