Ernesto Francisco Rojas

EFR 2 x 2_5Ernesto Francisco Rojas, 64, of Seabrook, passed away on October 27th, 2014 from natural causes. He was born on March 9, 1950 in Cuba to Evelia and Ernesto Rojas Gonzales.

Ernesto immigrated to the United States in 1962. He was a marksman in high school and a C-130 pilot in the Vietnam conflict. Following his military stint in the early 1970s, as a pilot and technological specialist, Ernesto pursued a career in technology, specifically computers and business accounting.
With bachelor degrees in both mechanical engineering and accounting from Loyola University and a MBA from Pepperdine, he began his career in information technology.
Among many things, Ernesto was an NSA consultant, a systems and database administrator, Cert Livewire investigator, and a DHS Sentinel Cert in cyber security,prevention, deterrence, and recovery. Ernesto was a proud member and supporter of many professional associations including American College of Forensic Examiners , Institute of Computer Professionals , International Systems Security Association. Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators. Ernesto headed Houston based Forensic and Securities Inc. (For-Sec). He worked closely with investigators and law enforcement as a consultant, database operator, and discovery testimony. Mr. Rojas was currently on staff at University of Houston Clear Lake lecturing in cyber securities to the next generation. His acumen was astounding, his personality was charming and he will be greatly missed.

Ernesto is survived by his wife Raisa; two daughters Christina and Nancy; and his brother, Carlos.

Services will be held on Saturday morning at the Crowder Funeral Home 1645 E Main Street, League City, Texas. The viewing will be held at 10am with the Memorial following at 11am.


  1. Dear Raisa,

    Your dear husband was a wonderful man who touched so many with his kindness and willingness to help others. I am thankful to have known him both professionally and as a friend.

    Sending Love and Prayers

    Carla Hunt
    • Dear Carla! Thank you very much for your condolences. Ernesto and I are happy being your friend.

      Raisa Rojas
  2. My prayers to you during this difficult time. Ernie will be missed at the TALI conventions

    don shawver
    • Thank you Don.

      Raisa Rojas
  3. I see that your dear husband contributed much to our children, our city, our nation & far beyond. May the God of heaven & earth comfort you and your dear children during this time of sorrow.
    With much care,
    donna & A.J. Christ

    Donna Christ
    • Thank you Donna for your condolences.

  4. Mrs. Rojas-

    My apologies, but I just learned of Ernesto’s passing. He was a good man, always helpful, and a friend. More than once, he acted as a sounding board when working my way through a professional matter. He was very patient and always very kind.

    He will be missed.

    William Simon
    • Thank you William. yes, he was a brilliant man and I will miss him a lot.

  5. Mrs. Rojas:

    Condolences on behalf of the Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE). We were saddened to hear of Ernesto’s passing. He was a valuable member of our digital and multimedia group of law enforcement, academic, and private professionals. His contributions to our industry will be missed.

    Jim Darnell
    Chair, SWGDE

    James Darnell
    • Thank you James for your condolences. He will be missed a lot.

  6. Raisa,

    I just heard about Ernesto’s passing and am shocked. We were lucky to be able to stay friends after our marriage – He was a good man and I will miss him.

    Sorry I didn’t know about Ernesto’s passing in time to attend the service. Please accept my condolences and pass them on to his children.

    Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

    Marti Frost
    • Thank you Marty.

  7. Mrs Rojas,
    I just saw this notice today and am sorry to have missed the services for Ernesto.
    He was a good friend and a respected colleague in our professional security and forensics circles.
    Our prayers and condolences go out to you and your family.
    We will all miss Ernesto’s gentle wisdom and

    Anne Rogers
    • Thank’s Anne. I know he was a wonderful man, husband and friend and he will be missed so much.

  8. Mrs Rojas,

    Nothing replaces the void in the heart when we lose a loved one. Gods word tells us to “trust in the Lord with all our heart, and lean not on our own understanding”. I love that scripture and Psalm 23 as well and pray from my heart that you find comfort in His word during the days, weeks, and years ahead.

    While Ernesto is surely missed by you, his family and multitude of friends and colleagues, he surely wouldn’t want to trade places with any of us.

    With deepest condolences,


    Mike McMullen
  9. I had the privilege of knowing Ernesto for only a short period of time during our service at the University of Houston-Clear Lake CyberSecurity Institute. In that short period (less than a year long), I came to know him as a consummate professional in our shared field, and as a man of the highest integrity. His passing left a void in our group which was never adequately filled and we missed him greatly. Nonetheless, we carried on with the mission he helped to found. Sadly, he did not live to see his work come to fruition. He did, however, leave a legacy we still appreciate, and he left me two gifts.

    The first gift was that he had a book nearly ready for publication. It was my great privilege to take that project on and see it through to completion. It is an excellent work in computer forensics, his speciality, and demonstrates his expertise.

    The second gift is still giving. He was part of a forensics working group at NIST, where his passing left another large void. I joined at his invitation and have carried on his work with the group. The document we are about to publish is the one he contributed greatly to, and the fact of this publication is more proof of the lasting value of his work. We speak of him still and that he is much missed.

    I am writing this today because of this event and because we will commemorate his passing 8 days from now.

    NIST is unable to dedicate its publications to any specific person. I have no such limitations, and I dedicate our upcoming publication (Special Publication 800-205) to his memory, with much gratitude to my friend Ernesto Francisco Rojas.

    Ross Leo

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