Micah Sturgis is a digital forensic examiner for Reliance Forensics. Sturgis is a former detective and digital forensic examiner for the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office (N.C.) having served there from 2004 to 2016. He is an EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE®) and a Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst (CCPA).
While in law enforcement, Sturgis helped to form his department’s digital forensics program and worked with federal, state, and local agencies to investigate criminal activity involving digital evidence.
Sturgis was a member of the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (NCICAC), investigating the sexual exploitation of minors.
Sturgis has been a Contracted Instructor at Central Piedmont Community College in Huntersville, NC, where he has written and taught courses in Level 1 Mobile Forensics, Level 2 Mobile Forensics, and Introduction to XRY. Sturgis also taught the Computer Crimes Camp at Central Piedmont Community College in 2015 and 2016.
Sturgis received recognition from the North Carolina General Assembly for Outstanding Case Work in law enforcement. He was named North Carolina’s Region C Officer of the Year in 2009. The United States Secret Service sponsored Sturgis to attend the National Computer Forensic Institute in 2015 and 2016 in Hoover, Alabama, where he received his Cellebrite Certified Operator certification and training in various specialized mobile device forensics tools including Cellebrite, Blackthorn, Lantern, and Paraben. Through his law enforcement training, Sturgis also completed the Central Piedmont Community College Digital Forensics program as a student and has numerous hours of training in search and seizure of digital evidence. He also received his Advanced Certificate in Law Enforcement from the State of North Carolina in 2016. Sturgis is licensed by the State of South Carolina as a Private Investigator.
A more complete CV for Sturgis is available upon request.