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Forensic Computing - A Beginners Guide

Publication date: Feb 11, 2013 01:57 PM

Start: May 09, 2012 12:00 AM

Denis Edgar-Nevill, Founding Chair, British Computer Society Cybercrime Forensics Specialist Group

Cybercrime is everywhere. It exists at low-levels; people breaking copyright downloading music and films. It exists at high-levels; international fraud, terrorism, people-trafficking and facilitating a wide range of crimes and cyber warfare between nation states. At all levels in between, cybercrime has the potential to affect us. Computers can facilitate fraud, paedophile crimes, pornography, blackmail, harassment, bullying and identity theft. Collectively cybercrime increases our insurance premiums and makes a wide range of the products and services we buy even more expensive. It restricts our freedom. It’s a wonder we ever get to sleep at night!

This presentation introduced some of the basic ideas involved in Forensic Computing and the problems it seeks to address. The intention is to separate the reality from the hype; the wonderful ideas from the jargon buzz-words. To give an appreciation of just how fragile and dangerous our reliance on computer technology has become. It’s important also to recognise just how difficult it is for cybercriminals to cover their tracks.

Denis Edgar-Nevill

Was elected as founding chair of the BCS Cybercrime Forensics SG in December 2008 at its inaugural meeting. The specialist group has now grown to over 1,500 members in 44 countries. He holds the post of Head of the Department of Computing at Canterbury Christ Church University. He has been working in the area of Cybercrime Forensics since 2002 when he began working with the NPIA (National Policing Improvement Agency). This has led to a jointly validated MSc in Cybercrime Forensics with the NPIA in 2004 and a MSc/BSc Computer Forensics. He was a member of the most recent ACPO committee developing national standards for digital evidence gathering. He also chairs the annual international Cybercrime Forensics Education and Training conferences (CFET) and

has more than a hundred publications in this area.