Computer Forensics (the good, the bad and the ugly)

Date:
Wednesday 26 November 2008

Time:
6.00pm for 6.30 to 8.00pm. Coffee prior to meeting in HC 020, from 6.00pm

Speaker:
John Mitchell, Managing Director, LHS Business Control

Venue:
Southampton Solent University, HC021, ground floor of the Herbert Collins Building

Joint with the BCS Hampshire Branch and the forthcoming BCS Cybercrime Forensics SG.

The examination of digital evidence is an excursion into the past, but just like any time traveller we need to know where and when in the past we have travelled to. The existence of items on a computer is usually a given. The important questions are: how did it get there, when did it get there and did anyone know that it was there? Intent is a very important consideration, but the evidence is usually silent on this and intent is often proved circumstantially. The forensic examiner is often asked to either look for evidence to support, or disprove a specific case and this in itself may provide a bias to the work they undertake. Facts tend to be absolute, but opinion is personal. The facts should support the opinion, but is this always the case? This presentation will cover the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of computer forensics.

Dr Mitchell is an international authority on corporate & IT governance, the management of audit departments and the impact of regulatory and compliance issues on the delivery of assurance services. He has presented papers on these subjects at many international conferences since 1985 and was recently awarded ISACA?s Information Systems Audit & Control Association prestigious John Kuyers award for best conference contributor.

Within the UK, he runs regular seminars on IT governance, the problems associated with the development and provision of computer systems and the detection and prosecution of computer criminals.

He is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Information Technology Professional, a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Information Systems Auditor, a Fellow of the Institute of Internal Auditors (UK) and a Fellow of BCS where he is a past member of its governing Council. He was recently awarded ISACA's new qualification, Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT).

He has over 30 years practical audit experience and an international reputation for advising organisations on their governance strategies and associated methodologies. This is coupled with a strong academic background, which includes research, extensive publications and teaching at the post-graduate level.

John has been an expert witness in a number of high profile UK criminal cases and he has been featured in a major British computing publication as the IT Detective.

His doctorate in risk analysis techniques was awarded by City University, London, England. His MBA in financial control was awarded, with distinction, by Middlesex University, England.

This event is open to all (both BCS and non BCS members), free of charge, and no booking is required.

View John Mitchell's presentation (PDF)