Philip, can you tell us something about your background and why you decided to teach digital forensics?
I graduated from Northumbria University with a BSc (Hons) in Business
Information Technology in 1997 and gained an MSc in Distance Education
with Athabasca University, Canada by distance learning in 2008.
After I graduated I started working at Northumbria University in a
number of different IT Support/Developer roles for different departments
within Northumbria University before becoming a Lecturer in 2001. I
started teaching programming and also web design and development
modules. It was in 2004 and 2005 alongside colleagues that we developed
the undergraduate Computer Forensic degree. Once validated and in its
first year I naturally changed to teach computer forensic modules (and
more) as the degree progressed.
I have over seven years’
extensive teaching experience involving Guidance Software (i.e. EnCase)
in taught computer forensic modules. I have also successfully worked in
the field, on a number of different forensic examinations of digital
media for external clients, involving examination, analysis and
production of extensive reports.
I was appointed a European Network and Information Security Agency
(ENISA) expert in 2010 for two years for identifying emerging and future
ICT risks in the area of Information Security Risk Assessment and
Management. I also served as a Special Constable with Durham
Constabulary for over 14 years.
For me, the reason I chose and enjoy teaching digital forensics is my
computing background and the application of that knowledge in
conjunction with strong investigative skills...