Digital Forensics Magazine May 2013 Newsletter
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Welcome to the May edition of the Digital Forensics Magazine Newsletter. Last months release of Digital Forensics Magazine Issue 14 was one of our most successful yet and we are looking to follow that in Issue 15.

In this Newsletter, we bring you the latest news and all the details of what's in Issue 15 of Digital Forensics Magazine.

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/In The News

De Montfort University Joins Forces With Deloitte to Launch Unique Cyber Security MSc

De Montfort University’s (DMU’s) world-class cyber security centre has joined forces with business advisory firm, Deloitte, to launch an MSc in Cyber Security, the first collaboration of its kind in the UK.

The degree brings together the academic expertise of DMU with Deloitte’s cyber intelligence specialists to help train the next generation of cyber security professionals.

The DMU Deloitte MSc in Cyber Security will reflect all aspects of the cyber domain, from protecting the networks that control our buildings to the infrastructures that control the UK’s power stations and water supplies. Students will have the opportunity to examine common characteristics of cyber attacks, helping them to build psychological profiles of individuals most likely to commit cyber crime.

DMU and Deloitte will work together to ensure students studying the MSc are highly-trained to stay ahead of the game, undertaking what is considered to be one of the highest priority threats to the UK.

The MSc was launched at the House of Lords on Wednesday night in front of cyber security experts, business leaders and MPs including Chloe Smith, Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform, whose responsibilities include cyber security.

Professor Tim Watson, director of the DMU Cyber Security Centre, said: “The UK desperately needs a new breed of flexible, highly-skilled and multi-disciplinary cyber security professionals and this MSc is designed to produce just that.

“Working in close collaboration with Deloitte we have produced, and will continue to jointly develop, what we believe to be the best cyber security MSc course available anywhere."

“We are passionate about protecting the human experience in the cyber domain and equally passionate about equipping our students to do the same.”

James Nunn-Price, head of cyber security for Deloitte, said: “Computing and the internet have changed our lives forever, and businesses and individuals have to deal with the growing threat of cyber attacks, which are increasing at an alarming rate. It is essential that the UK has the skills, strategy and techniques to tackle the cyber threats.

“By partnering with DMU, we are able to offer a degree that will play an extremely important role in enabling highly-relevant, real world skills and cyber management capabilities. These will be essential to dealing with cyber risk, a matter that is high on the agendas of boardrooms and government.”

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Digital Assurance achieves CREST accreditation for pen testing

Digital Assurance, an independent security assessment and information assurance consultancy, today announced it has been awarded CREST accreditation for the penetration testing services. Digital Assurance passed CREST’s rigorous assessment and certification process to demonstrate the very highest levels of standards in security testing.

CREST is a not for profit organisation that provides industry and government recognised professional standards and qualifications for companies and individuals providing technical information security services. Only those businesses that apply the very highest level of expertise and professionalism to security and penetration testing are able to pass CREST’s highly technical certification programs and achieve the accreditation. CREST also provides its members with ongoing support and a framework for testing that includes standards, methodologies and processes.

“For us, and our clientele, CREST accreditation is one of the hallmarks that embodies security best practice in ethical hacking and penetration testing,” said Mark Osborne, executive director, Digital Assurance. “Achieving CREST certification as a security consultancy testifies to our established technical expertise and validates the quality of our testing across the business. CREST is rapidly emerging as a key standard by which information security testing companies want to be measured and we’re delighted to be part of the scheme and make contributions to help shape the CREST standards as they develop in the future."

“Becoming a CREST member is not an easy process, nor should it be, because it is designed to provide complete assurance of processes and procedures and validate the competence of information security testers,” said Ian Glover President of CREST. “Congratulations to Digital Assurance for passing all of the criteria and we are delighted to have them on board as members.”

Forensics Europe Expo Delivered Over 3000 Attendees

Clarion Events today announced the successful launch of Forensics Europe Expo which took place 24-25 April 2013 at Olympia, London which received 3,239 attendees and 70 exhibiting companies to this inaugural event.

Forensics Europe Expo, Sponsored by LGC Forensics, In Collaboration with Forensic Science Society and Organised in Partnership with The Investigator was launched to provide a dedicated forum for the entire forensics sector and supply chain to source forensics products, equipment and services, as well as providing the definitive source of education, best practice, training and networking.

Speaking about the event, Dr. Caroline Sturdy Colls, Lecturer in Forensic Investigation at the University of Staffordshire’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science commented:

“The show had a good attendance and we met the right type of visitors”

Forensics Europe Expo saw over 70 exhibitors across the entire forensics spectrum meet a wide range of visitors from; UK Police Forces, MOD/Armed Forces, Forensic Laboratories, Government Agencies such as HMRC, Office of Fair Trading, Local Councils, Private Sector companies and Universities. A sample visitor list can be provided upon request.

The exhibition also benefited from the co-location with Counter Terror Expo with many counter-terrorism and security professionals with a remit to procure forensic solutions also visiting the show.

Mike Holden, CEO / Managing Director, Global Forensics Ltd had this to say about the event:

“We picked up a great number of leads and we have already booked our stand for the 2014 event”

The conference programme, produced by The Investigator, was split into dedicated Forensics Innovation and Digital Forensics streams across the two-day event. Presentations were delivered by organisations such as; West Midlands Police, The Forensic Science Society, DSTL, Netherlands Forensics Institute, Greater Manchester Police, LGC Forensics, and CAST to over 150 paying delegates.

Philip Hunter, Event Director from Clarion Events spoke about the success of the event:

“We’re naturally delighted with the first Forensics Europe Expo. We had a sold out exhibition and a higher visitor number than we originally anticipated. With the closure of the Forensic Science Service in March 2012 the forensic supply chain has now evolved into an ‘Open Market’ and this event has really helped bring focus and cohesion to the industry. We are already hard at work with plans to ensure Forensics Europe Expo 2014 continues to serve the best interests of the Forensics sector.”

Companies interested in exhibiting at Forensics Europe Expo 2014 are advised to book early as demand is already high for current floor space. Interested companies should visit www.forensicseuropeexpo.com/2014 or call Zoe Bonser or Bilal Domah on +44 (0) 20 7384 7778 to find out more.

News of the successful launch of Forensics Europe Expo comes hot on the heels of a 9% visitor increase to the co-located Counter Terror Expo.

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/Issue 15 of Digital Forensics Magazine Out Now!

DFM Issue 14

Issue 15 was released at the beginning of this month and focuses on alternative operating systems and desktop apps. Our feature article features an analysis of Google Desktop Forensics.



Cryptographic Key Recovery

The past decade has seen a complete transformation in human communications. The notion of carrying around a handset to connect you to people on the other side of the world would have been dismissed as ridiculous 100 years ago. But nowadays people rely on mobile phones to communicate.
The ever-increasing media that is available poses a number of problems for investigators who have to deal with criminals that are using their mobiles to mastermind operations and carry out illegal activities. The ‘mobile explosion’ that has occurred over the last decade has meant that investigators have had to keep up with the advances in technology to stay one step ahead of the tech-savvy criminal.


Google Desktop Forensics

Over time, as the amount of data stored by the average computer user grew considerably, searching large amounts of data became a slow task that did not always return the desired results. The need for faster and more accurate searching led to the development of desktop search utilities such as Google Desktop. As Microsoft Windows improved its searching capability by including a similar indexing service, desktop search utilities were no longer needed or as popular as they once were. Google Desktop was discontinued as of September 14, 2011; it is no longer updated or supported, and is no longer available for download via Google’s website. However, existing Google Desktop installations will still function, and Google Desktop may still be downloaded (via other software download sites), and used. At this time, DC3 continues to receive cases where Google Desktop is still installed, or its artifacts have been left behind.


Fuzzing Risks in Software Tools

The residual risk of software failure after release is managed by giving the end user controls that help treat potential vulnerabilities. The most obvious is the ability of the user to refresh an application or reboot an operating system. In addition patches and upgrades are released during the life cycle of a software tool to assure the business continuity of the product. Our research question arose because of an unproven concern that bugs in software could be exploited for anti-forensic activity.

Tigerscheme Not For Profit Certification

Tiger Scheme is a not-for-profi t organization that provides industry-recognized certifi cation of specialist security practitioners. The Scheme was set up in response to a perceived need for wider recognition of the skills of technical vulnerability analysts ("penetration testers"). The existence of a skills gap in this area has been well documented, and further recognized in the UK National Cyber Security Strategy, which states a clear objective for the UK “to have the cross-cutting knowledge, skills and capabilities it needs to underpin all our cyber security objectives”.

Steganography Revealed

Along with the continual increase in the number of crimes involving computers, the amount of digital storage media to be examined has grown exponentially. In the not too distant past, the amount of digital media to be examined was measured in megabytes.
As storage technology continues to advance and the capacity of hard drives continues to increase, the amount of digital media to be examined continues to grow with no end in sight. Currently, it is not uncommon for examiners to have hundreds of gigabytes of media to examine and, in some cases, they may be confronted with terabytes of information. This is a trend that will continue to grow and eventually reach petabytes of information if it has not done so already.


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