Criminal IT: What you can do to help the fight against cybercrime

Neil Barrett gives some insight into how IT workers can help law enforcement and expert witnesses like himself when prosecuting cybercriminals.

My day job is a rather unusual one; I’m a computer expert witness, principally in criminal prosecutions and primarily for the police. I help to identify, preserve, analyse and – perhaps most importantly – present computer-derived evidence. My job is to make sure the jury – usually complete computer novices – have the best possible chance of understanding and appreciating the nature of the technology and arguments involved. It’s a fascinating, challenging, frustrating and deeply rewarding occupation…

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