Posted by Charles Rehberg on May 01, 2017
North Notes
Spokane North Rotary Club Bulletin
May 1, 2017
          Think teams: Chair Robbie Jackson has grouped members into four teams to work on aspects of the annual fund raiser for Holmes School and other needy West Central young people. Corporate sponsors are in generous need for cash and in-kind auction items for the fund drive, which culminates just about a month from now – at the June 7 event dinner at The Back Door on West Broadway.
          Think Mobius: Sandy Fink is coordinating a small group of members to help at the Mobius science night with Holmes.  The event is Sunday, May 31, about 6 to 7 p.m. at the Holmes school.  Three or four members are needed.
          Think Heroes: Sandy also is asking for one or two members to join the June14 final Golden Heroes assembly for the school year at Holmes. The approximately one hour session will be at 1:30 p.m. -- NOTE change of date and set time!
          Thanks, John: It’s a privilege to join the ranks of the Paul Harris Fellows, which shows that members have donated $1,000 or more for the Rotary International Foundation.  Club board member John Mailliard has now become a six-time Harris Fellow. John now has six jewels in his distinguished participation.
          Welcome Leroy: Always good to see former club member Leroy Johnson, son of Eric, at the luncheon.  Leroy joined Spokane-North in 1973.  Eric said Leroy keeps in touch to help with dad’s computer issues.  Leroy, noting our high-tech lunch talk, added : “My typewriter is safe.”
Are we all in ‘The Naked Story?’ 
          If you often think that someone may be watching you, well, you might be right.
          At the May 1 luncheon, Josiah Roloff, president and senior digital forensics examiner at Global CompuSearch, sums up how pervasive the watching and eavesdropping has become this way:
          “In a world where over-sharing is every day, every single leader we will know will be naked.  And this will be many of our neighbors, not just the leaders.”
          In the arena of electronic evidence, Roloff said, “it will be the norm for office-seekers to see their entire digital file.”
          No wonder so many otherwise qualifiers say “no thanks” to running for office.  And most computer-users by far would rather most prefer office holders to keep their clothes on.
          How widespread is the reach?  On PBS Monday, Instagram worldwide said some 95 million photos and videos are shared each day on average.
          And add to the other sites, add Facebook, Google, Sirius, Amazon Echo, the Cloud, Go Pro, drones, body cameras and so many others.  Most of those sites also leave perpetual data trails.  Cell towers share continuous floods of electronic data.  He said every Fortune 500 firm now has electronic forensic departments.
          No wonder Roloff said that “the legal system and law enforcing are trying to catch up.”
          For CompuSearch the digital arena of litigation, personnel, security and other issues has burgeoning.  The four-member business is headquartered at 225 W. Main and has offices in Portland, Palm Springs and Sacramento.  The staff also roams worldwide, as Roloff talked about cases in Connecticut and London, among other sites.  The firm was founded in 2000 and Roloff joined the business in 2003.
          Roloff started his presentation with a three-minute video of highly-dramatic electronic clips of CSI and other forensic shows.  Real-life those enhanced video scenes, Roloff said, “is absolutely not.  It’s much more boring than that.”
          Among the wide-reaching cases, he does add that “homicide is the fastest site growth.”
          One intriguing case, Roloff said, involved that Connecticut case in which images of child pornography were placed on his father’s computer.  Evidence showed he was away at the time and all of the porn was in a few seconds in one time which was placed in on a thumb-drive device.
With cases like that, Roloff said,“We’re in court a lot.”
          Asked safe-guards and deletion of storage, he said, “Encrypt, encrypt, encrypt” and keep 20-item password, which change often, and check for malware.
          Top criminals among hacker nations, Roloff said, include China, Russia and other “nation states.”
The bulletin producers:
Bulletin editors: Chuck Rehberg and Sandy Fink
Photo: Eric Johnson
Program coordinator: Brad Stark