Authors: Mariam Khader & Ali Hadi



Mariam Khader is an Assistant Professor at Champlain College, USA, who is highly recognized for her expertise in Computer Science, IT Security and Digital Criminology. She has earned her PhD and MSc in the respective fields and is currently a researcher at the Leahy Center, where she focuses on Mobile and Operating System Forensics as well as Big Data Forensics. Her research has been published in numerous international journals and presented at various conferences, where she has been able to share her insights with a wide range of audiences. In addition to working as a course author and speaker, Mariam has also worked as a freelance instructor, providing technical instruction to government and private firms as well as other organizations. She has obtained numerous professional certifications, such as CHFI, ECIH, CCNA, CCME, CCO, CCMP, CCPA, and OCF.

Ali Hadi is a highly accomplished Senior Cybersecurity Specialist with over 14 years of professional experience in Information Technology. He currently serves as the Research Director at the Leahy Center for Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity, and as the Digital Forensics Program Director at Champlain College, USA. In his role at the Leahy Center, Ali focuses his research on Digital Forensics and Incident Response (DFIR) and Adversary Simulation. Additionally, he is a full-time professor and researcher at Champlain College’s Computer and Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity Departments. Ali is also a Co-Founder and the Research Director at Cyber 5W. He holds a PhD and MSc in Computer Information Systems, alongside a BSc in Computer Science. Throughout his career, Ali has earned over 20 professional certifications. His expertise spans digital forensics, incident response, adversary simulation, offensive security, and malware analysis. As a sought-after consultant in cybersecurity, Ali offers his knowledge to various organizations, including government and private firms. He is an established author, speaker, and freelance instructor, providing technical training across multiple sectors. Ali’s commitment to the digital forensics community is unwavering, as he continues to promote forensics education and research.