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2011


2011

Scott Burkeman, Warner Scott Recruitment

Friday February 17, 2012 (16:35:27)   (1133 Reads)
Scott Burkeman
Scott is a Director at Warner Scott Recruitment in London, specialising in computer forensics recruitment throughout the UK and abroad.


Can you tell us something about your background? How did Warner Scott Recruitment come into being?

I have been involved in Forensic Technology and Fraud recruitment for over a decade, working for an international recruitment firm and more recently with Warner Scott. I initially began placing Senior Forensic Accounting professionals prior to the boom in Computer Forensics. Many of my clients were looking to develop Computer Forensic teams from scratch and asked me to get involved in the recruitment of Forensic Technology candidates to assist in their growth plans. Since then, the rest is history!

Warner Scott Recruitment was set up in 2006 as a specialist recruitment consultancy with the vision of developing long-standing, meaningful relationships with both our candidates and clients. We have a strong focus on the Computer Forensic and eDiscovery market and are one of only a handful of specialist consultancies that have a dedicated team focusing in this area.   more ...

2011

Ben Findlay, North Yorkshire Police Hi Tech Crime Unit

Friday February 17, 2012 (16:30:04)   (1401 Reads)
Ben is a civilian investigator working for the Hi Tech Crime Unit of North Yorkshire Police in the UK.


Can you tell us something about your background? Why did you decide to work in the field of digital forensics?

Digital forensics is something I came to by chance, really. Upon finishing my A levels, I went off to university to read medicine. After 2 years doing that, I came to the conclusion that my calling was elsewhere. I moved back home and enrolled at my local university on an Applied Science and Forensic Investigation course. It was during this time that I was introduced to Forensic Computing. During a final year group-based module called 'Crime Scene to Court' we were exposed to practical forensic processes at every step of the investigation, including some digital forensic investigation. Also, as part of the lectures supporting this module, there were a few on forensic computing and they really caught my interest. In fact, so much so that I applied to get on the MSc program shortly afterwards.   more ...

2010


2010

George Chlapoutakis, Digital Forensics lecturer and owner, SecurityBible Networks

Friday February 17, 2012 (16:12:34)   (1219 Reads)
George Chlapoutakis
George, can you tell us something about your background? Why did you decide to work in this field?

George Chlapoutakis: I have been involved with computers and computer programming for as long as I can remember, since my primary school days in the early 80s when I was first taught LOGO and BASIC on an Amstrad CPC6128. When the Internet in Greece moved away from the few BBS and started gaining ground in Greece, during the mid-90s, my hours-long wanderings soon led me to the field of Network Security which I chose to specialise in (and, incidentally, to a series of lectures on "What happens to a household's phone bill when you spend 8-12 hours on the Internet" as well).

In my BSc in Computer Science degree, by which time I was already quite well versed in Network Security research, development & consultancy, I started specialising in Intrusion Detection & Artificial Intelligence (Artificial Neural Networks, specifically) as my final-year project, and in my EU Funded MSc in Internet Engineering I took this specialisation a step further by adding Bayesian Inference & Forecasting to the mix.   more ...

2010

Stephen Mason, Barrister

Friday February 17, 2012 (16:08:05)   (1260 Reads)
Stephen Mason
Stephen, can you tell us something about your background?

After leaving school in 1972 and spending six months at a bank in London, I joined the army (1973-1982). I served in what used to be known as the Royal Army Ordnance Corps as an Ammunition Technician. This work involved the inspection, repair and disposal of military ammunition, and included what is colloquially known as bomb disposal (this includes military bombs found from previous wars (known as explosive ordnance disposal ‘EOD’) and improvised explosive devices ‘IED’, commonly known as terrorist bombs).   more ...

2010

Sam Raincock, Sam Raincock Consultancy

Friday February 17, 2012 (16:04:04)   (1053 Reads)
Sam Raincock
Sam, can you tell us something about your background and how you became involved in computer forensics?

Prior to university, I’d never considered computing as a potential career; in fact, I hadn’t really used computers apart from playing games. I decided I wanted to be a physicist and solve the world’s particle physics problems. After embarking on a physics degree, I became more interested in computers (even though they were running 3.1 and Solaris!) I made the radical decision to change my degree course to a BSc in computer science even though I was a complete novice in the area. However, I learnt very quickly and really enjoyed the challenges and problem solving. I was also lucky to work in two summer internships in IT departments at Morgan Stanley during my degree, so I at least had an appreciation of bigger businesses.   more ...