The Language of Cybercrime

Thursday 12 July 2012

5.30pm for 6.00pm, finishes at 9.00pm

Herbert Collins Building, ground floor, room HC 021, Southampton Solent University, SO14 0RD | Directions and Maps.

Denis Edgar-Nevill, Founding Chair, BCS Cybercrime Forensics SG


Joint event with BCS Hampshire Branch, BCS Cybercrime Forensics SG and Southampton Solent University.

Denis Edgar-Nevill, 'started building a dictionary of Cybercrime Forensics words and phrases some time ago. I realised the news articles I was including in a daily digest, for members of the British Computer Society Cybercrime Forensics Specialist Group, were starting to assume a working vocabulary of terms and names - many of which were new to me. Not just the vocabulary of words, but the ideas they describe, are important. It found when teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in Cybercrime Forensics that their working vocabularies were very different to mine. What they know is very much confined to what they have been taught. Despite constant reminders, only a small percentage of students read-around subjects to the degree we might hope. Breaking into a new area of study, such as Cybercrime Forensics, involves understanding the keywords and key ideas. This must be to the point where you can contribute to work in the area and you are able to begin the life-long learning process to keep up with developments in this specialist area. As important as what you know, is the recognition that there is a large body of detail you don’t need to know now - but need to understand exists if you have to consult it in detail in the future.

This presentation will consider the choices curriculum designers, both for commercial and academic, have in developing Cybercrime Forensics programmes of study; particularly in maintaining the balance between discussing interesting and useful ideas, and swamping course participants with detail.'

Denis Edgar-NevillDenis Edgar-Nevill - was elected as founding chair of the BCS Cybercrime Forensics SG in December 2008 at its inaugural meeting. The specialist group has now grown to over 1,500 members in 44 countries. He holds the post of Head of the Department of Computing at Canterbury Christ Church University.

He has been working in the area of Cybercrime Forensics since 2002 when he began working with the NPIA (National Policing Improvement Agency). This has led to a jointly validated MSc in Cybercrime Forensics with the NPIA in 2004 and a MSc/BSc Computer Forensics.

He was a member of the most recent ACPO committee developing national standards for digital evidence gathering. He also chairs the annual international Cybercrime Forensics Education and Training conferences (CFET) and has more than a hundred publications in this area.

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