Digital forensics analyst applies Whitworth education to his high-tech company
As president and principal of, as well as senior digital forensics analyst for Global CompuSearch, Josiah Roloff travels nationally and internationally and works out of two of the company's four offices. His significant job requirements explain why it's taken Roloff eight years to earn his bachelor of liberal studies in program management through Whitworth's School of Continuing Studies; he finished his last class in October 2015.
"My completion of this degree was made possible by the encouraging staff at Whitworth," Roloff says. "They were always willing to work with me to find solutions to my constantly changing and complex schedule."
Global CompuSearch is a consulting firm that provides assistance in digital forensics, eDiscovery and high-technology issues. Roloff conducts examinations of digital evidence for clients including branches of the United States military, federal and state public defender offices throughout the U.S., and school districts in the Pacific Northwest.
Roloff has investigated digital evidence for cases including allegations of homicide, kidnapping, election fraud, wire fraud, sexual assault, hacking, threats against the President, his family and staff, espionage, terrorism and drug trafficking. He has been recognized as a digital forensics expert witness in U.S. federal court, U.S. military court, and in many state courts throughout the country.
"Through my education at Whitworth I have gained insight into diverse business practices and aptitudes to include legal and technical aspects of human resources, lean management, and a plethora of other business management topics," Roloff says. "As a partner of a high-technology company, I've been able to quickly apply many areas of what I have learned. The impact these changes have made has been inspiring and drives me to keep education at the forefront, not only for myself, but also those who work with me."
In fall 2015 Roloff received a "20 Under 40" award by Inland Business Catalyst magazine; this annual honor recognizes 20 up-and-coming professionals under the age of 40 who effect positive, innovative changes in the Spokane business community. Prior to enrolling at Whitworth, he spent substantial time considering universities' programs – both online and on campus – for completing his undergraduate work.
"I ultimately chose Whitworth due to its stellar reputation, high requirement for admittance, small class sizes, and the extremely supportive and friendly staff," he says. "My Whitworth education has assisted me in more than just being productive with the current services we provide clients. It has made me a more well-rounded individual and a better manager."