Glasgow Caledonian University brings digital forensics experts together

25 March 2014

Students will hear presentations from experts in Digital Forensics

Students will hear presentations from experts in Digital Forensics

Scottish Government experts, Police Scotland and digital forensic analysts will be brought together at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) to take part in the first Digital Forensic Student Conference on Wednesday, March 26.

Digital forensics, a branch of forensic science which encompasses the recovery and investigation of material found in digital devices, is evidence that can be used against terrorists, paedophiles, fraudsters and hackers.

The work of the enforcement agencies, analysts and leading cyber security experts will be the focus of the one-day conference which will address the challenges and the methods used to track, monitor and investigate those who exploit cyber space, using the very latest advances in digital forensics.

Dr Michelle Govan, Senior Lecturer in Digital Forensics and Security at the School of Engineering and Built Environment, runs the University’s highly successful Digital Security, Forensics and Ethical Hacking programmes and is the driving force behind the inaugural student conference.

She said: “The growth in cyberspace and the diverse use of technology has provided unintended opportunities which are inevitably exploited by criminals and fraudsters. Fortunately, digital devices store personal data and are highly significant and provide evidentiary material to counteract malicious behaviour.”

The rapid growth of today’s digitalised world has reshaped the technological landscape and as such, there is a high demand for skilled graduates to address the 20-year skills gap, identified by the National Audit office.

“Digital forensics faces its greatest challenge in dealing with technological innovation,” continued Dr Govan. This conference will address some of these challenges and will seek to inspire the next generation of forensic specialists to combat the threats posed against cyber security.”

Students will hear presentations delivered by Keith McDevitt, the Scottish Government's Cyber Security Resilience Unit; Ollie Whitehouse, the National Computer Centre (NCC Group); Eamonn Keane, Police Scotland; Steve Watson, Intel; David Stubley, 7Element; and Jelle Niemantsverdriet, Deloitte; Keith Cottenden, CY4OR Legal Limited; and James Lyne, Sophos.

The School of Engineering and Built Environment is holding the Digital Forensic Student Conference on Wednesday, March 26, from 10.15am to 5pm, in M323 in the George Moore building.