Over the last 15 years or so working in, managing, and accessing ISO accredited laboratories, I have heard a plethora of horror stories about the difficulties and inconveniences accreditation presents and have even participated in discussions at the national level about the appropriateness of accreditation in some forensic disciplines to include the applicability of the general ISO/IEC standards 17020 and 17025 to digital forensics. When asked to explain these difficulties, inconveniences, and appropriateness issues almost every answer I received could be linked back to the organization’s misinterpretation of the standard or its inappropriate application; in other words, organizations were adding more requirements to the standard than were necessary, which made them more restrictive, difficult, and inconvenient.
In Dec 2016, I decided to start a company, Precision Digital Forensics, Inc. (PDFI), through which I could share my accreditation knowledge and experience to help digital forensic organizations navigate the challenges of accrediting a forensics program. Much to my surprise our first customer was a non-digital forensic organization and since ISO/IEC 17020 and ISO/IEC 17025 are forensic discipline agnostic it only made sense for PDFI to breakout and expand its forensic accreditation consulting services.
In July 2018, I decided to create Precision Digital Forensics, Inc. (PDFI) d/b/a Accredit-IT, herein after referred to as Accredit-IT /ac•cred•it•it/ (https://accredit411.com), a service disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB) providing auditing, quality document development & integration, program management, and staffing services to forensic organizations seeking ISO/IEC 17020 and/or ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation.
Here at Accredit-IT, we think “outside the box” and our strength lies in our ability to share our knowledge and experience in a way that is easily understood and in developing and delivering innovative consulting services and program management support that address today’s accreditation challenges. We are proven performers in solving mission critical and complex accreditation issues adding value to our customer’s operations, increasing their capabilities, and enhancing their ability to complete their mission.. Our technical knowledge, skills and abilities result in internationally accredited forensic facilities.
Let’s talk and we will give you the 411 on accreditation. It’s easier than you might think!
Mission, Vision, & Values:
Accredit-IT’s mission is to be the leading provider of innovative, high-quality, and defensible forensic accreditation solutions and services. Our vision is to continually improve our business processes through communication, education, innovation, and technology to provide the highest quality and best valued solutions and services on the market. We are committed to good professional practice and to providing effective and efficient solutions and services to our customers through providing timely, accurate, and thorough results, remaining compliant with industry-accepted standards, and seeking continuous improvement of our quality management system and offerings.
- American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD)
- ANSI/ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB), Accreditation Council for Forensics
- ANAB, certified DME Technical Assessor
- National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), Digital and Multimedia Evidence (DME) Subcommittee
- National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), IT Laboratory Steering Committee
- Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE), member since 2005, Former Chair, Quality Standard Committee
- International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Computer Crime and Digital Evidence Subcommittee
- Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA)
- Former American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board– International (ASCLD/LAB), Board of Directors (ASCLD/LAB merged with ANAB in April 2016)
- Former ASCLD/LAB, certified DME Technical Assessor
- Former ASCLD/LAB, Technical Advisory Committee
- Former National Commission on Forensic Science’s (NCFS), Accreditation and DME Subject Matter Expert (NCFS charter expired April 23, 2017)
- Former ASTM International, Subcommittee E30.12 on Digital and Multimedia Evidence
- Former High Technology Crime Investigators Association (HTCIA)
Veteran’s Administration Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)