A quiet week – but new material on the book website

Posted on October 27, 2009. Filed under: 1 | Tags: , , , , , |

A fit of conscience overtook me today – having spent the last couple of weeks working on a contract with the University of Ulster (I’m helping to rewrite their distance learning module on Forensic Science and Crime Scene Science) and negotiating my Visiting Academic title, I suddenly remembered that I’ve been neglecting the book website. A new set of exercises for Chapter 3 is, therefore, online. (See http://www.digital-forensics.org.uk/ for more)

Meanwhile – life as an independent is getting interesting. Planning of training courses has moved on and it looks like November will see the start of the first one (on seizure and handling). Calls about the regulator’s proposals are also arriving and my concerns about how to demonstrate “fitness for purpose” no longer seem to be unique to me. There are ways of doing this, but it will required the industry as a whole to get behind the project and agree the mechanisms properly.

And finally – something I can’t talk about – but it’s an interesting one. When this “secret squirrel” job is over, I might hint at some of the details.

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Another day another…

Posted on September 30, 2009. Filed under: All, forensic, life | Tags: , , , , |

Spent yesterday at the Investigator magazine’s conference in Towcester and presented a paper on future technical challenges for investigators. Apart from the usual anti-forensic stuff (encryption, wiping, exploits, steganography), I think the next big thing may be parasitic cloud computing. As mobile phones converge more and more with “proper” computers and have always-on data connections, there’s going to be a whole world of spare storage and processing power out there. It just makes sense for it to be exploited in some way so that resources are used wherever they are most available or most effective. Investigating an amorphous processing system though – should be a few PhDs in that.

Speaking of the Investigator (a fine publication, really!) – I may well be writing a few pieces for them – keep an eye on their site and if you have any ideas, let me know.

Today’s been taken up with trying to get a proper job again (anyone need a full-time academic researcher with a bad attitude ? ) and putting more material onto the book website – it’s coming together and I know the exercises I want on there. Question is – will iWeb let me organise it how I want ?

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Book website

Posted on September 28, 2009. Filed under: All, Education, forensic, life | Tags: , , , , , , |

Today has been pretty busy really. Started with a meeting with GT to discuss some project for the future, but most of the day has been taken up with preparing slides for the Investigator magazine’s mobile phone conference tomorrow. My topic is “emerging future challenges” – something that has really encouraged me to think about the directions technology is taking and how it will make life more interesting for investigators.

While thinking about that, I’ve also started work on the website to accompany the book. Going completely against everything I’ve ever taught anyone about website production, I’m cheating – I’m doing it in iWeb just to get the material online in time for the new academic year. Sometime (probably in about 20 years knowing my scheduling), I’ll go back and fix it. Meanwhile – the book site is at http://www.digital-forensics.org.uk/

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Blogging begins

Posted on September 25, 2009. Filed under: All, Education, forensic, life | Tags: , |

Well – I’ve finally done what I’ve been threatening to. The daily grind of academia has become too much to bear, so I’ve quit – for now. The thought of another year of massive overload and trying to juggle all the admin. with the development and delivery of course material was just too much. So, now I have about a month to figure out what the heck I’m going to do next.

Fortunately, the network of contacts that I have is proving quite useful – at least, no-one has told me to get lost yet 😉

So, plans for next week ? Well, on Tuesday I’m speaking at “The Investigator” magazine’s conference in Towcester so Monday is haircut and presentation writing day. Thursday is taken up with closing off marking and admin at the old job and on Friday I should be in Hull to work on a paper with BCT – REAL work at last!

Hmm – looks like Wednesday is the only empty day in there, and that will be spent updating the website for my book ( http://www.digitalforensics.org.uk/ ) so that anyone who has a copy will be able to use it as a supporting resource. When that’s done, it’ll be time to update the company website too ( http://www.n-gate.net/ ) as well as sending out as many copies of my CV as my poor little printer can churn out.

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    This is the weblog of Angus M. Marshall, forensic scientist, author of Digital Forensics : digital evidence in criminal investigations and MD at n-gate ltd.


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