Richard Macfarlane


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Rich Macfarlane has been a Lecturer in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University since 2009, playing a key role in the creation and development of the GCHQ certified MSc Advanced Security and Digital Forensics. Working within the Centre for Networking, Distributed Computing and Security research group. Teaching and research in the areas of Computer and Network Security, Pen Testing, Digital Forensics, Networking, Cloud Computing, Software Engineering and Online teaching and E-learning.
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  • Cyber-Security
    Electronic information now plays a vital role in almost every aspect of our daily lives. So the need for a secure and trustworthy online infrastructure is more important than ever. without it, not only the growth of the internet but our personal interactions and the economy itself could be at risk.
  • Software Systems
    The institute's expertise in software engineering encompasses the entire development lifecycle, and we focus on developing the approaches and tools to improve the engineering process of both emerging and widely used software systems.
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    PhD Project Involvement

    Peter Aaby (PhD 2016-)
    Cloud-based cryptography.
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    Recent Publications

    Sieklik, B., Macfarlane, R., Buchanan, W. (2016). Evaluation of TFTP DDoS Amplification Attack. Computers & Security, 57, (March 2016), 67–92.

    Buchanan, W., Ramsay, B., Macfarlane, R., Smales, A., keane, e., callahan, c., Blazic, B., Popov, O. (2015, August). Evaluation of the DFET Cloud. Paper presented at Cybercrime Forensics Education and Training (CFET) conference, Canterbury.

    Buchanan, W., Ramsay, B., Macfarlane, R., Smales, A., Russell, G. (2015). Teaching Penetration and Malware Analysis in a Cloud-based Environment. In: (Ed.) Proceedings of the 1st Uk Workshop on Cybersecurity Training & Education, , () ( ed.). (pp. ). : . .

    Penrose, P., Buchanan, W., Macfarlane, R. (2015). Fast contraband detection in large capacity disk drives. Digital Investigator, , (March 2015), S22–S29.

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    Supervised dissertations

    Bachkarov, N. (2015). A comparison and evaluation of approximate matching algorithms for file detection in network traffic (MSc ASDF Dissertation). Edinburgh Napier University (Macfarlane, R., Penrose, P.).

    Celice, C. (2015). Dataset Feature Classication for Increased Accuracy in Intrusion Detection (MSc ASDF Dissertation). Edinburgh Napier University (Macfarlane, R., Buchanan, B.).

    Fraser, J. (2015). Evaluation of SIEM Correlation in the Detection of Denial of Service Attacks (MSc ASDF Dissertation). Edinburgh Napier University (Macfarlane, R., Wadhaj, I.).

    Nambivelu, S. (2015). Analysis and Detection of Ransomware (MSc ASDF Dissertation). Edinburgh Napier University (Buchanan, B., Macfarlane, R.).

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