I am part of the Cyber Security Research Group of the Department of Electronics, Computing and Mathematics.
I am currently the programme leader for the following courses:
- BSc (Hons) Digital Forensics and Security (former BSc Computer Forensic Investigation)
- MSc in Digital Forensics and Computer Security
- BSc (Hons) Cyber Security
- MSc in Cyber Security
For an overview of my teaching responsibilities, research interests, latest publications and scholarly activities, refer to my University Profile Page
Photo galery collected in activities organised with students.
What is going-on for academic year 2018-2019 (in chronological order)
- Final year students of BSc (Hons) Digital Forensics and Security this year were offered an EnCase Student version for their own PC/laptop, allowing them to work on their coursework and improve their skills from home.
- Second year students of BSc Digital Forensics and Security, and BSc Cyber Security received the visit of 3 guest speakers from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) on 26/11/2018 (11:00-12:00). EMSOU advertised to students placement opportunities and informed about the selection process. This is the first time computing students are considered for the EMSOU placement scheme.
What is going-on for academic year 2017-2018 (in chronological order)
These activities were organised for students of the BSc Digital Forensics and Security, and MSc Digital Forensics and Computer Security courses. For some activities, students of BSc Cyber Security, and MSc Cyber Security were also invited.
- Final year students of BSc (Hons) Computer Forensic Investigation this year were offered an EnCase Student version for their own PC/laptop, allowing them to work on their coursework and improve their skills from home.
- Guest speakers from the Digital Forensic Unit within the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) – 22/09/2017 (14:15-15:15). They will talk to students about topics of their interest for dissertation projects and experiments; students from all years of BSc (Hons) Computer Forensic Investigation were invited.
- Final year students of the BSc (Hons) Computer Forensic Investigation had the opportunity to attend a half-day training session on IntaForensics Lima Digital Forensic Case Management Solution, as part of their course. The training was held at IntaForensics Stafford Office on 26/09/2017. Students who passed a test at the end of the course received a certificate of completion.
- As it happened in previous years, final year students of the BSc (Hons) Computer Forensic Investigation will have 2 days of training delivered by Bond Solon; the training happens this year at the courtroom of the UoD Law School. Day 1 happened on 03/10/2017 (Excellence in Report Writing) and day 2 on 22/11/2017 (Courtroom Skills).
- MSc Digital Forensics and Computer Security students attended the CBI Midlands Cyber Security Conference on 05/10/2017.
- Students from the MSc Digital Forensics and Computer Security had the opportunity to meet with an expert in Bitcoin Investigations from EMSOU (East Midlands Special Operations Unit) on 30/11/2017.
- Final year students of BSc (Hons) Computer Forensic Investigation were cross-examined on 13/12/2017 by Darren Martin (barrister), as part of the Advanced Digital Forensic Investigation module. This opportunity gives students a immensely valuable real-life experience.
- Second year students of the BSc (Hons) Computer Forensic Investigation course attended the Derby Crown Court on 07/03/2018 for live experience on how courts work as part of the module “The Problem of Proof”.
- Martin Barrow, from Magnet Forensics, delivered a talk to students of the BSc (Hons) Computer Forensic Investigation course on Wednesday 21 March 1pm. He gave a demo of the Magnet AXIOM platform and elaborated on crime scene considerations based on his 10-years experience working for the South Yorkshire Police.
- 2nd year students of the BSc (Hons) Computer Forensic Investigation course had an industrial experience week (14-18 May 2018), as part of Team Project. During this week, students were given a hard drive and were tasked to perform an investigation and report on findings – this exercise was sponsored and supported by the Derbyshire Constabulary Digital Forensics Unit.
What is going-on for academic year 2016-2017 (in chronological order)
These activities were organised for students of the BSc Digital Forensics and Security and MSc Digital Forensics and Computer Security courses. For some activities, students of BSc Cyber Security and MSc Cyber Security were also invited.
- Mobile Forensics with Cellebrite Tools extra module – students had the opportunity to undertake Cellebrite’s exams and potentially obtain Cellebrite UFED CCLO and CCPA certificates.
- Students had the opportunity to meet 3 Digital Forensic practitioners from EY – from Computer Forensics and eDiscovery divisions – on 15 November 2016.
- Get-together lunch on 9 December 2016.
- Digital Forensics Workshop for students with 6 guest speakers; Event @ Derby 14-15 Feb 2017.
- Guest talk delivered by Dr Richard Overill about Digital Forensics research; Richard-Overill_seminar_08-03-17
- A selected number of students who attended the talk on 15 February had the opportunity to visit digital forensic labs at Derbyshire Police HQ (across different days in March 2017).
- Guest talk entitled We Need You delivered by Tracey Ancliff who is HSBC Head of Cyber Security. The talk will take place on 07 March 2017 – 10am in OL2.
- An outreach event was organised for Trent College. A group of 13 students came to our labs for a variety of activities related to Digital Forensics and Robot Programming. Three second year students from BSc Computer Forensic Investigation participated in delivering the activities. This happened on 15 March 2017.
- A crime scene activity, delivered at the University’s Evidence House, was organised for 20 March 2017, delivered by the Forensics Science Department to our students.
- Students were offered the opportunity to attend the Cyber Security Expo 2017 that will happen in Bristol on 30 March 2017.
Example dissertation projects
Some interesting dissertation projects produced by our BSc Digital Forensics and Security students (since academic year 2014-2015).
Sharing of these dissertations has been authorised by the students themselves.
- Digital Security Analysis of Local Password Managers
- The forensic challenges presented by Raspberry Pi investigation
- A Forensic Investigation of Windows 10
- An Empirical Study of Androids Permission Model
- Forensic Analysis of the Cloud-based Password Manager LastPass on Windows
- A Forensic Analysis of the Parrot AR Drone 2.0.
Papers published with our students
Published papers derived from students’ work.
- A Digital Forensics Profiling Methodology for the Cyberstalker
- Challenges of Data Provenance for Cloud Forensic Investigations
- Forensically-Sound Analysis of Security Risks of using Local Password Managers
- On Locky ransomware, Al Capone and Brexit
- Analytical Tools for Blockchain: Review, Taxonomy and Open Challenges
- Blockchain-based Distributed Marketplace
Research with our students
Short-term research project entitled “Classification of Images’ PhotoDNA Using Deep Learning” funded by the University of Derby Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS); project URSS17-012.
Student George Lee (2nd year BSc Computer Forensic Investigation) performed the research co-supervised by Dr Virginia Franqueira, Dr Xiaojun Zhai and Dr Minsi Chen. The resulting poster was presented at the University’s Learning and Teaching Conference in Buxton on 03/07/2017.
This short-term research project was also funded by the University of Derby Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS); project URSS18-16. Students Ryan Geddes and David Ward (2nd year BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering) were involved. The project “Investigating Cybersecurity in Automotive Electronic Systems” has resulted in a poster (which won a 3rd place poster award at the URSS Conference held in Derby on 04/10/2018), and a proof-of-concept prototype. The project was co-supervised by Dr Virginia Franqueira, Dr Xiaojun Zhai and Dr José M. Andrade.
This short-term project was also fundedthe University of Derby Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS); project URSS18-46. Student Matthew Allcock (2nd year BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering) worked on the project entitled “Development of a Control System on MATLAB/Symulink using FPGA-based Hardware-in-the-Loop Technology“. The resulting poster, presented at the URSS Conference in Derby on 04/10/2018, and a report generated will allow other students to build-up on the results obtained. The project was co-supervised by Dr Dr José M. Andrade, Dr Xiaojun Zhai and Dr Virginia Franqueira.
Vlog – Oliver Kabi (graduate 2018). Supervised by Virginia Franqueira for his dissertation work which resulted in the paper “Blockchain-based Distributed Marketplace” (above mentioned).
Destination of our graduates
This is just a sample of organisations that graduates from BSc Computer Forensic Investigation are now working for.
- Derbyshire Police
- Lincolnshire Police
- Nottinghamshire Police
- Hampshire Constabulary
- Derbyshire City Council
- Consilio LLC (eDiscovery services and consulting)
- iomart (Cloud Hosting)
- BlackBerry (penetration testing division)
- Context Information Security
- QA Consulting
- TechnologyOne Cloud
- BenevolentAI (AI: Artificial Intelligence)