Dr. Easttom has almost 30 years of computer industry experience,a doctorate in cyber security (dissertation topic: "A Comparative Study Of Lattice Based Algorithms For Post Quantum Computing") as well as 3 masters degrees (1 in applied computer science, 1 in systems engineering, and 1 in education) and over 40 industry certifications. His experience includes software engineering, database design, network administration, cryptography, as well as cybersecurity and digital forensics. He is the author of 26 published computer science books, over 40 published papers, and holds 16 computer science related patents. He is also a reviewer for five 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 40 times. Chuck Easttom is a senior member of the IEEE and senior member of the ACM, and is a Distinguished Speaker of the ACM. He has worked on digital forensics cases, computer patent cases, software copyright cases, and trade secrets cases.
Areas of Expertise
- Computer Security
- Intellectual Property
- Software Engineering
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: B.A. and M.Ed. from Southeastern Oklahoma State. While attending I was named to the National Dean's List and Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.
M.B.A (specialization in applied computer science) from Northcentral University
MS from UT El Paso - Systems Engineering. While attending I was named to Phi Kappa Phi honor society and the Gold Key honor society.
D.Sc. from Capitol Technology University- Cybersecurity. Dissertation topic was "A comparative analysis of lattice-based algorithms for post quantum cryptography"
The following is a list of computer industry certifications I have earned.
Hardware and Networking Related Certifications
1. CompTIA (Computer Technology Industry Associations) A+ Certified
2. CompTIA Network + Certified
3. CompTIA Server+ Certified
4. CompTIA I-Net+ Certified
Operating System Related Certifications
5. CompTIA Linux + Certified
6. Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) – Windows Server 2000 Professional Certification Number: A527-9546
7. Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) Windows Server 2000 Certification Number: A527-9556
8. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) Windows Server 2000 Certification Number: A527-9552
9. Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
10. Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) Windows 7 Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
11. Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) Windows 7 Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
12. Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate Windows 7 Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
13. National Computer Science Academy Windows 8 Certification Certificate #: 4787829
Programming and Web Development Related Certifications
14. Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) – Visual Basic 6.0 Desktop Applications Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
15. Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) – Visual Basic 6.0 Distributed Applications Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
16. Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) - C# Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
17. Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT 2005-2012) Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
18. Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) Visual Studio 2010 Windows Application Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
19. Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) Visual Studio 2010 Data Access Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
20. National Computer Science Academy HTML 5.0 Certification Certificate #: 4788000.
21. National Computer Science Academy ASP.Net Certification Certificate #: 4788342
22. Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) Associate CIW0163791
23. EC Council Certified Application Security Engineer - .Net
24. EC Council Certified Application Security Engineer - Java
Database Related Certifications
25. Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) SQL Server 2000 Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
26. Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) Implementing SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
27. Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) SQL Server Administration Microsoft Certification ID: 1483483
Security and Forensics Related Certifications
28. CIW Certified Security Analyst CIW0163791
29. EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker v5 (CEH) ECC942445
30. EC Council Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator v4 (CHFI) ECC945708
31. EC Council Certified Security Administrator (ECSA) ECC947248
32. EC Council Certified Encryption Specialist (ECES)
33. EC Council Certified Instructor
34. CISSP – Certified Information Systems Professional #387731
35. ISSAP – Certified Information Systems Architect #387731
36. CCFP – Certified Cyber Forensics Professional #387731
37. Certified Criminal Investigator (CCI) 2015-2017
38. Forensic Examination of CCTV Digital VTR Surveillance Recording Equipment
39. Oxygen Phone Forensics Certified
40. Access Data Certified Examiner (ACE) 2014-2017
41. OSForensics Certified Examiner (OSFCE)
42. Certified Forensic Consultant (CFC) 2015-2017
43. National Computer Science Academy Microsoft Word 2013 Certification Certificate #: 5078016
44. National Computer Science Academy Microsoft Word 2000 Certification Certificate #: 5078187
- 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
- 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. I currently conduct teaching for corporations and government agencies. I am also currently an adjunct at Capital Technology University in the graduate school, primarily teaching doctoral courses, including serving on doctoral dissertation committees.
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
- 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 50 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: 33 depositions (in addition I have testified at trials and hearings. I have testified on a total of 44 occasions)
- Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
- A: January 10, 2019. The last time I testified at a trial was July 25, 26, and 27 . The last time I testified at a hearing was December 22, 2017
- 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 33 depositions.
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: 14
- 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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