The third spin-out from The Cyber Academy
, which is hosted within the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University - Cyan Forensics, has reached the Last 10 of the Converge Challenge
. As a spin-out, they join the highly successful spin-outs of Zonefox
and Symphonic Trust
Converge Challenge is a premium and prestigious enterprise challenge, with a prize fund of over
£150,000, and which looks at supporting great ideas for innovation.
Cyan Forensics has already shown significant impact and analyses small fragments of data in order to match them to their original content. The work is now progressing to spin-out, along with gaining new research funding, within collaborative projects with law enforcement.
Further information on the methods can be found here
, and which has also resulted in the drafting of two patents. The work has also received awards for its innovation, and has the potential to completely change the methods used within digital investigations, such as in the detection and investigation of terrorism, and in serious crime investigations.
The work has previously involved a successful collaboration with Police Scotland, and has now advanced to full collaborations with major law enforcement agencies.
The university team has developed an international leadership over the past three years built on the research of Phil Penrose
and where Bruce Ramsay
provided the technical leadership and extensive digital forensics industry experience, and who had previously spent many years within Police Scotland as a forensics investigator.
If we add the technical genius of Dr Owen Lo
, the university created a team which addresses some of the fundamental challenges of digital forensics - the massive scale-up of digital evidence and the fast detection of contraband.
From a business point-of-view, Ian Stevenson
has developed the key strategies for the research and the road map for the research work to achieve its full potential. He continues to lead on the business development of the company, and works closely with the research team.
The team's core vision is to massively speed up the detection of contraband material, and support new methods in the sharing of digital fragment signatures.
More details of the spin-out will follow soon.
The Cyber Academy works at an international level, and collaborates with a wide range of companies on innovation and research. So, if you have any great ideas, just contact Lynn Crawford (firstname.lastname@example.org), who is keen to support innovative SMEs, and establish partnerships with key stakeholders.