CSUEB grad uncovers hidden evidence on digital devices

  • February 8, 2013 5:00am

As more Americans rely upon digital products like smart phones, tablets and netbooks for professional and personal organization, the field of computer forensics grows right along with it. Computer forensics professionals like Justin Pynes, a graduate of the CSUEB computer forensics program, focus on retrieving and documenting data from these devices and preparing reports for use in a court of law.  

At Prosearch Strategies, a firm specializing in corporate electronic discovery, Pynes specifically conducts the data intake from forensic files provided by clients for e-discovery. It’s no surprise that, given his aptitude with computers, he also helps with customer service by providing technical assistance to clients. What is unusual is his path from history major to analyzing computer hard drives. “I have always been a fan of history but I also worked in the music business as an engineer,” said Pynes. “While taking classes for a paralegal certification, I learned about e-discovery. I quickly became interested in the technology side and just happened to meet someone pursuing the forensics route…the rest is history (no pun intended)!”  

He encourages other Pioneers to consider the computer forensics career. “I think the computer forensics field will grow. As technology continues to evolve, forensics will become the litigation tipping point because all of us use computer technology in our everyday lives.”

Pynes adds, “I had a great experience at CSUEB. The faculty was great in helping me understand the chain of custody process and also how to generate accurate reports when examining data. This is absolutely critical to understand because it maintains the integrity of the data being examined.”  

Read more about Pioneers working in the forensics field in the spring 2011 issue of Cal State East Bay magazine titled “Beyond CSI”. (PDF)


California State University, East Bay is the San Francisco East Bay Area's high-access public university of choice. CSUEB serves the region with campuses in Hayward and Concord, a professional development center in Oakland, and an innovative online campus. With an enrollment of more than 14,000, the University offers a nationally recognized freshman year experience, award-winning curriculum, personalized instruction, and expert faculty. Students choose from among more than 100 professionally focused fields of study for which the University confers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as an Ed.D. in education. Named a "Best in the West" college, as well as a Best Business School, by the influential Princeton Review, Cal State East Bay is among the region's foremost producers of teachers, business professionals and entrepreneurs, public administrators, health professionals, literary and performing artists, and science and math graduates.

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