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Ben Findlay, North Yorkshire Police Hi Tech Crime Unit

Friday February 17, 2012 (20:30:04)   (1684 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 ...



George Chlapoutakis, Digital Forensics lecturer and owner, SecurityBible Networks

Friday February 17, 2012 (20:12:34)   (1620 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 ...


Stephen Mason, Barrister

Friday February 17, 2012 (20:08:05)   (1646 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 ...


Sam Raincock, Sam Raincock Consultancy

Friday February 17, 2012 (20:04:04)   (1397 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 ...



Russell May, 4N6 Investigation

Friday February 17, 2012 (19:54:12)   (1582 Reads)
Russell May
Russell, can you tell us something about your background and how you became involved in computer forensics?

Like many people I first became involved with computers as a hobby in the late 70’s, building my first computer from scratch. I soon discovered that the thing I found most enjoyable was computer programming - at first writing BASIC programs and then moving on to machine code. Throughout this time I was a police officer serving with West Midlands Police. In the mid 80’s the computerisation of crime records began and because of my knowledge of computers, I was drafted in to train operators of these new computer systems.   more ...