Jim Jones has been a cyber security and digital forensics practitioner, researcher, and educator for over 25 years in industry, government, and academia. That experience drives his teaching, which blends theory and practical applications, and his research, which focuses on the extraction, analysis, and manipulation of full and partial digital artifacts. Jim and his students spend their days (and nights) collecting and analyzing these digital clues and fragments, much like a traditional archaeologist works with old pieces of pottery or a detective works with crime scene evidence. This analysis helps them look backwards in time to understand cyber attacks, find malware infections, detect system and device misuse, and recover lost data. Jim currently serves as the Director and digital forensics lead for Mason's DHS Center of Excellence for Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis (https://cina.gmu.edu/).
Jim's research funding comes from industry and the US Government. Past and current funded research sponsors include the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the United States Department of Defense (DoD). He has degrees in Systems Engineering (BS), Mathematical Sciences (MS), and Computational Sciences and Informatics (PhD). This formal education is complemented with work experience and extensive self-learning, driven by an insatiable curiosity and a need to know how things work, how they break, and what we can learn from both.