In April 2015, the Cyber Security research team at Edinburgh Napier University will start work on a major new research grant which will aim to take existing work
on the detection of digital fragments onto a spin-out company.
work collaborates with a range of partners to take existing PhD
work (undertaken by Phil Penrose) into a commercial and law enforcement
Two papers which outline the work are:
A key focus will be the fast detection of contraband material on storage systems. At the present time it can take over 10 hours to archive and fully process computer systems, and the team have shown that this can be brought down to minutes with the application of a fragment finding method. Along with this, digital forensics is facing many challenges, including with the number of devices which might be used in an investigation.
More information on the increasing challenges of digital investigations are outlined here.
The work will be funded by Scottish Enterprise as part of their Proof-of-Concept scheme, and is based on PhD work undertaken by Phil Penrose, Prof Bill Buchanan and Richard Macfarlane.
The research team currently work with many companies on innovative research, including with Payfont in the investigation of advanced security architectures for Cloud-based storage.
The team have also successful in spinning-out two Cyber Security companies: