AccessData Partners with Amazon Web Services to Host “Forensics in the Cloud” Forum Benefitting Toys for Tots

Jessica Carter

Dec 18 2017

AccessData joined forces with Amazon Web Services (AWS) last week to combine leading-edge business discussions with a bit of philanthropy this holiday season to support the national Toys for Tots program.

On December 6th, AccessData and AWS co-hosted a special “Forensics in the Cloud" forum at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town Hotel in Alexandria, Va. The event, which was designed for IT executives within the public sector provided attendees with an opportunity to participate in a robust discussion about specific ideas for how to leverage the cloud for digital forensic investigations in ways that go beyond IT infrastructure.

Featured speakers at the forum included Nathan Beach, global solutions program manager on the public sector team for AWS, Justin Johns, senior IT development operations manager for AccessData, and Kevin Dillon, senior sales engineer for AccessData. They engaged the event participants in a discussion of best practices related to forensics processing in the cloud, such as:

  • How cloud solutions can reduce IT and hardware expense, freeing up tight budget dollars to reinvest in other innovations
  • How leveraging the cloud can help efficiently address growing demands and shrinking budget
  • Potential barriers to the cloud and how to overcome them
  • What to consider when preparing for cloud migration

The event also included professional networking opportunities for attendees to connect with their peers at other government agencies, as well as representatives from AccessData and Amazon.

What made this business event unique, however, was that it also served as a toy drive to benefit the national Toys for Tots program. Founded in 1947 by members of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Toys for Tots collects new, unwrapped toys and distributes those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The goal is to deliver a message of hope that will assist those young people “in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.”

A representative from Toys for Tots was on site to collect toys from attendees at the AccessData/AWS event, which resulted in the donation of Christmas gifts that will find their way into the homes of a number of DC-area children this month. For more information about how you can support Toys for Tots, please go to


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