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Welcome to Simson Garfinkel's web site.

Simson L. Garfinkel is an Associate Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. His research interests include computer forensics, the emerging field of usability and security, personal information management, privacy, information policy and terrorism. (Read full bio.)

Recent and Upcoming Tutorials and Presentations

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Recent Publications

  1. Young J., Foster, K., Garfinkel, S., and Fairbanks, K., Distinct Sector Hashes for Target File Detection, IEEE Computer, December 2012
  2. Garfinkel, S. Digital Forensics XML and the DFXML toolset, Digital Investigation, 2012.
  3. Garfinkel, S., and Dinolt, G. Operations with Degraded Security. IEEE Security & Privacy, pages 18–23, November/December 2011
  4. Beverly, Robert, Simson Garfinkel and Greg Cardwell, "Forensic Carving of Network Packets and Associated Data Structures", DFRWS 2011, Aug. 1-3, 2011, New Orleans, LA BEST PAPER AWARD (Acceptance rate: 23%, 14/62)

Current Research

You can find a complete list of my research on my Research page.


I have recently taught:

See also complete list of courses I have taught.

Current Projects

Software and systems

You may also be interested in my Future Projects, especially if you are looking for ideas.

Completed Projects

  • SBook5, a free-format address book for MacOS. (1991--2006)
  • AFF, The Advanced Forensic Format (for storing digital evidence)

Useful Resources

Where to find me online

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