Owner, Forensics Expert
M I C H E L E B U S H
As an owner of Loehrs Forensics, Michele Bush, grew up entrenched in the world of digital forensics and has been involved in many aspects of the company since its founding. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a thematic minor emphasizing Criminal Justice from the University of Arizona. Since 2012, she’s been conducting forensic examinations at state and federal facilities nationwide, building on her previous experience of in-house digital forensics examinations including evidence acquisition, forensic analysis and report preparation. Bush is knowledgeable of industry standard forensic methodologies, procedures and tools, and proficient in the use of forensic tools from OpenText, Access Data, Cellebrite, Magnet Forensics, X-Ways, Recon and numerous others.
In addition to many hours of digital forensic training and years of field experience, Bush holds industry-recognized certifications for forensics including Certified Computer Examiner (CCE), Certified Computer Forensics Examiner (CCFE), Certified Mobile Forensics Examiner (CMFE), EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE), Access Data Certified Examiner (ACE), Cellebrite Certified Operator (CCO), Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst (CCPA), and is a Licensed Private Investigator in the State of Arizona.
Bush is actively involved in the digital forensics community as a member of the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners and the Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence. She has worked on hundreds of cases and examined thousands of different digital devices. Bush has testified as an expert in State and Federal Courts throughout the United States to aid counsel in securing favorable outcomes. She has presented to private law firms and federal and state public defender offices regarding current issues involving digital forensics and electronic discovery.
While working full time at Loehrs Forensics, Bush spent the first two years pursuing a bachelor's degree by earning her Associate of Science with a general concentration of applied sciences. Here she acquired fundamental knowledge that would later be applied toward a Bachelor of Science at the University of Arizona.
University of Arizona
Bush earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis on criminal justice from the University of Arizona. This allows Bush to build on her technical expertise using psychological patterns and characteristics in criminal and civil matters using the electronic data acquired from devices seized.
The EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE) credential is a symbol of in-depth computer forensics knowledge and illustrates a skilled examiner of computer investigation methodologies as well as the use of EnCase software during complex computer examinations.
The AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE) credential demonstrates the examiner's proficiency with AccessData’s Forensic Toolkit (FTK).
The Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) is granted only after an applicant has completed a rigorous, standardized testing process. CCE's are bound by the ISFCE Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, submit a notarized statement that all work on the certification is done without assistance, undergo a criminal background check and achieve approval from the ISFCE Certification Board.
The Certified Computer Forensics Examiner (CCFE) credential represents an examiner's fundamental knowledge of the computer forensics evidence recovery and analysis process. This represents proficiency beyond specific tools in the industry and book knowledge.
The Certified Mobile Forensics Examiner (CMFE) credential represents an examiner's fundamental knowledge of the mobile forensics evidence recovery and analysis process. This represents proficiency beyond specific tools in the industry and book knowledge.
The Cellebrite Certified Operator (CCO) credential demonstrates an examiner's proficiency with Cellebrite's UFED and Physical Analyzer tools, as well as the fundamentals of mobile device handling, hardware, and operating systems.
The Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst (CCPA) is a symbol an examiner's ability to conduct advanced searches, verification, analysis techniques, and reporting using Physical Analyzer to explore deleted and deeply mined data.
Bush holds an associate private investigator license and has over six years of full-time investigative experience performed as an investigator for a private concern, for the federal government or for a state, county or municipal government.
The Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA) is the only non-profit professional membership organization that verifies that each of its professional members has testified at least three times as an expert witness. FEWA is dedicated to the professional development, ethics and promotion of forensic consultants in all fields of discipline. FEWA provides professional education for experts of all levels of experience and also for those aspiring to be experts who have not yet testified, which spans all technical specialties.
The National Association for Public Defense (NAPD) engages all public defense professionals into a clear and focused voice to address the systemic failure to provide the constitutional right to counsel, and to collaborate with diverse partners for solutions that bring meaningful access to justice for poor people. NAPD currently unites nearly 7,000 practitioner-members across the country into a cohesive, unwavering, irrepressible community capable of bringing justice to a broken system.
The ISFCE is an internationally recognized organization that has certified over 1700 individuals across 28 countries. Accessible to candidates worldwide, the CCE has become widely accepted as a prerequisite certification for forensic examiners, recognized by industry professionals and academic institutions alike. The CCE certification is widely considered to be the most prestigious non-vendor specific forensic certification available.
Formed in 1998, the Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence brings together organizations actively engaged in the field of digital and multimedia evidence to foster communication and cooperation as well as ensuring quality and consistency within the forensic community.
Bush has been qualified as expert witness in accordance with the Daubert standard and testified in United States District Courts across the nation.
Bush has been qualified as expert witness in accordance with local rules and testified in many states across the nation.