And Then There Were Three ... High-impact Cyber Security Spin-out Aims to Transform Digital Investigations


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The third Cyber Security spin-out - Cyan Forensics - from The Cyber Academy team at Edinburgh Napier University shows that they are one of the most innovative research groups around, and with a strong focus on creating research that has strong impacts.

The work has been generated from the internationally leading research of Phil Penrose [paper][paper], and focuses on the classification and analysis of digital fragments. These small fragments are used to identify the content of the original file, and also can be matched to the original file. This will allow investigators to rapidly scan the contents of a computer hundreds of times faster than it can currently be done.

A key part of the creation of the internationally leading work was to bring in Bruce Ramsay, who worked as a digital investigator within Police Scotland for over a decade. The addition of the strong coding work of Dr Owen Lo and the business focus of Ian Stevenson, the team was complete.

An important part around the impact of the work was the collaboration with Police Scotland and other law enforcement agencies. This allowed the team to focus on real-life case loads, and to integrate into the investigation process.

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Associated people

William Buchanan
Director of CDCS
+44 131 455 2759
Richard Macfarlane
+44 131 455 2335
Bruce Ramsay
Senior Research Fellow
+44 131 455 2746
Owen Lo
Research Fellow
+44 131 455
Philip Penrose
Research student
+44 131 455
Aileen Wood
Innovation Manager / Project Manager
+44 131 455 6283
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