Steve Watson is a technologist focused in the areas of data recovery, forensics, risk and compliance. His career spans two decades and a variety of technology environments from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the ground-breaking technology startup, VTO Labs.

Watson is the Principal Investigator for two U.S. government scientific programs focused on digital forensics. His research in the area of data recovery and digital forensics is focused on new and emerging technologies and extremely damaged devices. Watson’s expertise lies in getting data off of electronic devices that are challenging for others - damaged devices, old devices, new devices and unsupported devices. He brings a full research portfolio that has assisted his corporate, government and law enforcement connections around the world.

He is a member of the Digital Evidence subcommittee of the NIST, Organization of Scientific Area Committees, where he serves as the Task Group Chair for mobile device forensics. He also serves as the Chair of the Forensics Committee on the Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE) representing expertise in mobile devices, emerging technologies and damaged devices. Watson is also the founder of the recently announced International Consortium on Digital Forensics for the Internet of Things.