PLA: Preparing for Lab Accreditation

The IACIS “Preparing for Lab Accreditation”(PLA) is a four day course of instruction. This course is designed for examiners, supervisors, managers, and executives that have the responsibility to develop and implement policies and procedures within a digital forensic unit or laboratory in their efforts to obtain accreditation.

This course of instruction is designed to provide guidance on how any digital evidence lab can earn accreditation by understanding and implementing the accreditation requirements.  Topics include an overview of the accreditation schema and benefits of achieving accreditation, how to implement a Quality Management System that is in compliance with ISO 17025/17020, developing laboratory SOPs and other related documentation, and understanding Validation\Verification for equipment, methods and software as it relates to digital evidence.

Topics include, but not limited to:

I. Understanding accreditation Certification vs. Accreditation

  • Certification vs. Accreditation
  • Benefits of accreditation
  • What standards must be met to earn accreditation

II. Understanding ISO 17025/17020

  • Uniqueness of Digital Evidence

III. Accredited Bodies

  • Supplemental Requirements

IV. Quality Management System

  • How all the pieces fit together
    • Policies and Procedures
      • International Standards
      • Supplemental Requirements of Accreditation Bodies
      • Quality Manual Development
      • Technical Manual (i.e., SOPs defining Technical Methods)
      • Operations Manual (e.g., evidence management/equipment management)
      • Training Manual
    • Resources
      • People (Training, mentoring, and establishing technical competency)
      • Training Programs
      • Facility Design and Security
      • Forensic Hardware and Software
    • Performance measures
      • Internal Audits and Corrective Action
      • Training Evaluation
      • Outcomes of proficiency testing
      • Customer feedback

V. Small Lab Challenges

  • Peer Review
  • Job Responsibilities

VI. Validation\Verification

  • Laboratory Methods
  • Software
  • Hardware​

***Additionally, for those taking this course, we now offer the two-dayManaging a Digital Forensics Lab (MDFL)course Thursday and Friday of Week 1 of the IACIS Orlando Conference.  Allowing for students to combine both courses into a full week.***

WHEN: 2021 Dates Coming Soon!

COST: $500.00 US Dollars

COURSE NOTES:

Please read the following notes regarding this class:

  1. Classes begin at 8:00 AM ET and conclude at 5:00 PM ET, each day, with a one hour lunch break. Classes will end at 4:00 PM ET on the last day of class. Please do not arrange for departing flights prior to 7:00 PM ET to allow time for travel to the airport and any security clearances.
  2. The dress code for the conference is business casual (collared shirts and slacks).The wearing of shorts, flip flops, tank tops, etc. is not allowed in the classroom. Personal computers are not permitted in the classroom. Students are required to attend all classes to successfully complete the program. Students who fail to meet the attendance requirements will not be issued a certificate at the conclusion of the program.

HOTEL BOOKING:

The 2021 course will be taught at the Caribe Royale Hotel, 8101 World Center Drive, Orlando, Florida 32821 (USA).  This hotel is close to the Orlando International Airport, has a large pool, spacious workout facility and is very close to Disney World and Universal Studios.

CANCELLATION INFO:

If IACIS is unable to hold their 2021 Orlando training event, then all students who have registered and paid, will have the option of a full refund or a reserved seat at the 2022 training event.  IACIS is not responsible for any outside expenses (e.g. travel and accommodation) in the event of the training event being cancelled.  Anyone who paid for training will receive complementary membership through the year that their training takes place.