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A realisation and some significant changes

Today I came to a realisation that can be summed up in a sentence that sounds fairly simple, but has taken me an embarrassingly long time to grasp:

Just because you’re good at something, that doesn’t mean you have to do it.

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Books, Forensicating, Investigation

Interview With Oleg Skulkin, Author, Windows Forensics Cookbook

A while ago I published a book. It’s a digital forensics textbook, and the guys over at Forensic Focus, where I normally write digital forensics related stuff, wanted me to promote it there. I couldn’t work out how to do that though: normally we either review books or interview the authors, but I couldn’t review my own book and I didn’t want to interview myself.

Enter Oleg, my co-author and very useful person, who took on more of the book than he’d originally agreed to when I got ill halfway through the process. Today I interviewed him on Forensic Focus about what he does as a day job, how he came to write the book, and what he thinks the most important current challenges are in digital forensics.

Take a look at the interview on Forensic Focus

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Edewede Oriwoh on the Internet of Things

This week I caught up with Edewede Oriwoh, a researcher in cyber-physical security and the Internet of Things, and talked to her about the rise of smart homes and how people can keep themselves safe.

She had some very interesting things to say, not only about safety and security, but also about the philosophical and ethical implications of creating autonomous tech. And she’s a composer in her spare time, so generally a very cool person.

Read the full interview on Forensic Focus.

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The Future Of Image Authentication

Last week I caught up with David Spreadborough from Amped Software about image authentication in digital forensics.

David, can you tell us a bit about your role and what it involves?

I’m the international trainer for Amped Software. First of all, Amped Software is a digital image and video company and everything that we do has a forensic and scientific backing. It’s very easy to deal with an image or a video, but to deal with an image or a video forensically, with a scientific backing, requires a product to guarantee that everything a user does is forensically sound.

My history is that I was a police officer for 24 years; the last 12 years were spent purely doing CCTV and image investigations, mainly from CCTV. I left in 2015, upon the closure of the Forensic Imaging Unit.

Because I’d been aware of Amped Software, and I’d been aware of some of their products, I’d started assisting them with some ideas in order to help users. Then they offered me a job as their international trainer. I not only go around the world teaching other people to use the software, but I also do the research and development of ideas; getting ideas from users when I’m delivering training and working out how we’re going to put that into the software. I also do private analysis work, so if there are any challenges while I am conducting an investigation, we can solve these problems and then build the solution into the software as well.

Read the full interview on Forensic Focus

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Nuix WRA is a pretty cool piece of kit

I get a lot of demos and overviews of forensic software dropping into my life, and generally I don’t see a lot that differentiates one from the other.

A couple of weeks ago, however, I was given a demo of Nuix Web Review & Analytics, a solution which helps non-technical analysts to work on a case at the same time as the technical investigators.

I was genuinely impressed. Here’s my overview on Forensic Focus.

Travel

I have been a total idiot but luckily this month’s travel link up is here to make me feel better

On Saturday I went for dinner with Emma and Becca, and once we’d Instagrammed our food we started talking about blogging, because even offline life is lived semi-online in 2017.

Emma mentioned the Travel Link Up, which is this brilliant thing that a load of people do each month, where there’s a specific topic chosen and then everyone writes a blog post about it, and then they all go and comment on each other’s posts, and it’s basically a big travel-related blog love-in.

I’ve been meaning to participate for aaaages but I’m rubbish at getting my act together and doing it.

But this month, it’s about fucking things up, and we all know that’s one of my fortes. So, here goes.

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