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Academic Biography

Ben Findlay is a senior lecturer at Teesside University and the course leader for the BSc (Hons) Computer and Digital Forensics, and MSc Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation degree programmes. He also teaches on the MSc Crime Intelligence and Data Analytics programme.

During his previous career in law enforcement, Ben worked for North Yorkshire Police (NYP) as an Investigator within the force’s Digital Forensic Unit (DFU). He has investigated a wide variety of cases, including murder, large scale fraud, child abuse, grooming, online harassment, missing persons, infanticide, dangerous driving, and also some internal investigations. He also worked actively on the DFU’s ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation, fulfilling the role of Acting Technical Manager for the final 6 months of his time with the force.

Ben has a BSc (Hons) in Applied Science and Forensic Investigation and an MSc in Digital Forensics, both from Teesside University.

Summary of Research Interests

Forensic artefacts, mobile forensic investigations, cloud forensics, child protection.

PhD and Research Opportunities

Ben is interested in supervising PhD students and/or collaborating with research in the following areas:

  • digital forensics
  • mobile forensic investigation
  • information security
  • cloud investigations
  • triage
  • reverse engineering of artefacts

External Roles and Professional Activities

  • Instructor for Griffeye Analyze DI Pro Certification
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS)
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec) and assessor for the College of Policing's Institute of Cyber Digital Investigation Professionals Scheme (ICDIP)
  • Member of Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS). Previously lead assessor for Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences' Pre-Employment Assessment of Competence (PEAC) Digital scheme.

Enterprise Interest and Activities

Ben acts as a consultant digital forensic practitioner, primarily to the local police forces in the North-East of England. He is open to approaches for assistance by other enforcement agencies and public sector organisations.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Teesside Digital Forensics Conference (TDFCon) is a long-established, student-led international conference . It is an annual event in which students, staff and practitioners present findings of their research to an audience of peers and guests. The event features main-stage presentations, workshops and poster presentations.

More information can be found at: http://www.tdfcon.com/


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