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Ian Kennedy, Forensic Consultant & Open University Lecturer

Thursday February 16, 2012 (20:02:58)   (1378 Reads)
Ian, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came to be involved with the Open University?

I have always been interested in further and higher education. I have been teaching ICT related subjects and mathematics part-time for over 10 years. When I saw the OU opportunity to teach in the very field within which I worked I jumped at the chance!

What do your duties as an Associate Lecturer involve?

A mixture of supporting students via email and telephone (usually by prior arrangement), monitoring and contributing to both the student and AL's discussion forums and marking assignments.   more ...


Matt Shannon, Founder and Chief Software Architect, F-Response

Thursday February 16, 2012 (19:53:50)   (1307 Reads)
Matt Shannon
Matt, can you tell us something about your background and how F-Response came into being? What problems were you trying to solve?

It’s true that necessity is the mother of invention, which is how F-Response came into being. As a computer security & forensics firm we are asked to be both accurate and efficient. I have never had a client tell me to “image and analyze everything- I don’t care how long it takes or how much it costs.” No – our clients want us to provide them with the right answers; but they want us to attain these answers as quickly and efficiently as possible.

That presented us with a challenge. What do we need to do to conduct forensically sound analysis on a live machine so that we can minimize customer down time and collect only the evidence we need, when we need it?   more ...


David Sullivan, Appointments-UK

Thursday February 16, 2012 (19:38:44)   (1147 Reads)
David Sullivan
Can you tell us something about your background? How did Appointments-UK come into being?

I’ve enjoyed over twelve years in recruitment, starting out in the city [London] specialising in IT within Investment Banking.

The area that really interested me was Information Security, and after a successful period in this sector, I further refined my focus into computer forensics. Then, in 2003, I decided to take the plunge and set up Appointments-UK.

My reasons were simple and remain the underlying vision for my company today: when contacting a recruiter you want them to demonstrate good market knowledge and a genuine understanding of the companies, personalities, trends, conditions and pressures that impact your sector. At Appointments-UK all our people offer this.   more ...


Stefan Fleischmann, CEO X-Ways Software Technology AG

Thursday February 16, 2012 (19:33:28)   (2707 Reads)
Stefan Fleischmann
Stefan, can you tell us something about your background? Why did you decide to concentrate on the forensic aspects of WinHex and develop X-Ways Forensics?

Originally I started programming WinHex because I needed a hex editor and disk editor myself and at that time there was none for Windows 3.1. I used it for example to get Windows to read MIDI files that my synthesizer saved on floppy disks. Later I released WinHex as shareware, and people started using it for a variety of purposes (there are countless things you can do with a hex editor in very specific situations). I continued developing WinHex in my spare time while studying information systems. Eventually people in computer forensics used it when their main forensics package would not work, such as for manual data recovery if the file system was too heavily corrupted or because the amount of pictures present on a disk rendered their software too slow, or for specific tasks like extracting slack space, etc.   more ...



John Patzakis, Vice Chairman and Chief Legal Officer, Guidance Software

Thursday February 16, 2012 (19:24:04)   (1645 Reads)
John Patzakis
Can you tell us something about your background before joining Guidance Software? Why did you decide to focus on technology law?

After law school I practiced commercial litigation for about 8 years before joining Guidance Software in 1999. During my pre-1999 litigation days, when we conducted paper-based discovery or oversaw internal investigations for a client, I always wondered about the information on the workstations and email servers. Why wasn't there a good process to recover that data? Where was the law that governed all the various issues concerning computer-based evidence? It was a relatively uncharted area of the law that presented an exciting challenge. So when the opportunity to work with Guidance arose, it was an easy decision.

Broadly speaking, how knowledgeable is the legal profession with regard to computer forensics?

I think this is a very important question because we've seen a dramatic shift in the past two to three years.   more ...