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Veronica Schmitt


Veronica is a Partner at DFIRLABS. She is a forensicator, avid researcher and quite literally the superglue that holds DFIRLABS together. She was previously in charge of the Free State Cyber Forensic Laboratory of the Special Investigating Unit. After deciding that this title on its own wasn’t already too much of a mouthful, she departed the SIU in order to add Malware (Reverse) Engineer, Photographer, Seamstress, Sith Lord, Super Mom and Sleep-deprived MSc Chaser to her list.

In between attending Metallica concerts and being converted into a cyborg (no really, ask her about her metal bits sometime), she completed a Diploma in Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigation from the University of Johannesburg. Deciding to brave foreign climes and curiousities, she went on to receive training in Europe on digital forensics and cyber crime investigation from the United States Department of Homeland Security.

She is an Associate Member of a number of professional bodies, including the Institute of Information Technology of Professionals of South Africa, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Darth Vader Had Some Good Points Society.

Veronica has contributed to several publications, including the ISC2 CCFP : Certified Computer Forensic Practitioner and How to Reverse Engineer Ransomware Whilst Also Keeping Your Three-Year Old From Walking Into Things.

Veronica believes in breaking things to figure them out (technological things seriously stop looking at her like that). Her other great love in life is using that newfound knowledge to catch the bad guys.

She is currently juggling a Master’s thesis on ransomware, several digital forensics cases and getting a quality forensics training company off the ground. You can contact her by lighting up the night sky with the Bat Signal, or alternatively by email.

Talk: Advancements of security on Medical implantable devices is the IoT the next step to rooting the human being.

There are advancements made on a daily basis, with regards to medical implantable devices. These devices offer life extensions when organic systems fail. Are these systems secured?

There are shocking amounts of vulnerabilities found on these devices. The medical industry has the hard job to balance accessibility and availability of these devices while trying to maintain their security. With the new patient monitoring systems which can download your heart information wirelessly and send it to you physician, medical devices are becoming part of the internet of things. Is the theoretical threat soon to become a real one?