Dr Petra Leimich

Lecturer in Security and Networks

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I joined Edinburgh Napier University in September 2015 as Lecturer in Cybersecurity and Networks and a member of the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networking and Security and the Cyber Academy. I was previously Senior Lecturer in Computing at Abertay University. My main area of expertise is Digital Forensics, specifically Database Forensics.

My current research interests in cybersecurity focus on the areas of distributed file system and cloud forensics, similarity hashing, digital forensic triage, web browser forensics, database forensics and information security.  I supervise a number of Honours and MSc projects in these areas, and have successfully supported previous project students in publishing their work at conferences.

I am also an active researcher in Teaching and Learning, where my interests focus on integrating research and teaching, blended learning, and teaching and learning of Databases. I have (co-)chaired the annual International Workshop of Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Databases (TLAD) since 2010, which provides a forum for the sharing of TLA practice specific to the subject area and has created a strong community of peers.

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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.
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Merchiston Campus
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    Recent Publications

    Leimich, P., Buchanan, W. (2016). A RAM triage methodology for Hadoop HDFS forensics. Digital Investigation, , (), .

    Supervised dissertations

    Brooks, S. (2017). Secure HTML5 Web Terminal Emulator (BEng (Hons) CSF Dissertation). Edinburgh Napier University (Russell, G., Leimich, P.).

    Flack, P. (2017). Identification, Recovery and Verification of MP3 frames from Obfuscated Files (BEng (Hons) CSF Dissertation). Edinburgh Napier University (Leimich, P., McKeown, S.).

    Rodriguez Barragan, M. (2017). A Digital Forensics methodology for outsourced cloud-based Hadoop HDFS implementations (BEng (Hons) CSF Dissertation). Edinburgh Napier University (Leimich, P., Ramsay, B.).


    Publications Resource
    Journal papers Leimich P, Harrison J, Buchanan W (2016). A RAM Triage Methodology for Hadoop HDFS Forensics. Digital Investigation, to appear. DOI:10.1016/j.diin.2016.07.003Paterson J, Wilson J, Leimich P (2012). Uses of Peer Assessment in Database Teaching and Learning.