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Simon, can you tell us something about your background?
Underneath it all I'm a UNIX SysAdmin to the core! I started using Linux at University because I was too lazy to walk to the CS or AI labs to work on the real UNIX machines (Suns and SGIs), so I installed it on my own PC in halls, I then discovered that I could do dial up and connect to the University network and it all grew from there. more ...
My academic PhD was work in reliable operating systems. I then did a post-doc in software testing, which I viewed as a follow-on to my work in reliability. During all that time I worked part-time as a system administrator and consultant. I was interested in computer & network security, but was told that it was not an area for an academic career unless I wanted to work in formal methods or cryptography.
I joined the faculty at Purdue in 1987. In 1988, the Morris Worm and some computer viruses became news. So did some of Cliff Stoll's exploits. I found myself playing a role in all of those, as one of the few academics who was actually working hands-on with systems. So, I began to explore topics in applied computer security for my "day job" -- including forensics. (I actually helped solve a computer crime (of sorts) back in 1983, so I've been involved in the area for longer than my time at Purdue.) more ...
I’m a Detective Sergeant with the City of London Police; I was previously seconded to the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit as an operational team leader. As a career detective I have spent the last 10 of my 25 years service specialising in Internet, network and forensic investigations at a local, national and international level. As a result I have had to give evidence in a number of Crown Courts in this country and their equivalent overseas.
Since January 2004 I have been in charge of the Hi-Tech Crime Team in the City. In this role I’m responsible for the day to day running of the team and for the implementation of the force's outreach programme to the financial sector. This e-crime strategy involves giving presentations to a wide range of business organisations and at the same time actively encouraging the flow of information between the private sector and law enforcement regarding hi-tech and e-crime. more ...
Jonathan, can you tell us something about your background? How did you get started in computer forensics?
Well, I’ll begin by saying I’m not from a completely techie background! I’ve got an MA in Town Planning which I guess may be unique in computer forensics? I’ve also worked as an English teacher in Japan and in the book trade in London so you could say my career has been diverse, which I definitely see as an advantage. Varied career and life experiences certainly help in contributing to my investigative ‘mind-set’ and in dealing with people from many different backgrounds. more ...
I have always been interested in further and higher education. I have been teaching ICT related subjects and mathematics part-time for over 10 years. When I saw the OU opportunity to teach in the very field within which I worked I jumped at the chance!
What do your duties as an Associate Lecturer involve?
A mixture of supporting students via email and telephone (usually by prior arrangement), monitoring and contributing to both the student and AL's discussion forums and marking assignments. more ...