Investigation

Five Things I Have Learned In Five Years As An Investigator

Tomorrow, the 1st of March 2016, marks my five-year anniversary as an investigator. I set up my first investigation business when I was still working at my old job (with their permission), and I’ve been through several iterations since.

Now, five years in, I’ve settled into my investigative identity. Here are some of the things I’ve learned along the way.

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Forensicating

Conference Recap: SADFE 2015

A few weeks ago, I was in Malaga, not rainy London. It was brilliantly sunny the whole time I was there, the food was amazing, the pina coladas pure perfection…

Remind me why I live in the UK again?

I was there for a conference: Systematic Approaches to Digital Forensics Engineering, otherwise known as SADFE.

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Review – FTK Advanced Live Online Training

A couple of weeks ago (when I was blogging about my mind being confused because I was working on New York Time), I did the FTK Advanced Live Online Training course.

It’s run by Syntricate, which is the training body of AccessData, although they offer courses from most of the well-known digital forensics companies.

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Weekly Round-Ups

I’m not even sure where this week went

I know I spent most of it working. In the early part of the week I designed a survey which is going to be sent out to digital forensic investigators. It includes a couple of questions that relate to some research I’d eventually like to do on the psychological effects of working full-time (or part-time, or at all) in a role that requires you to see some of the most awful things humans do to each other.

My job’s a bit of a conversation stopper. When I say “forensic investigation”, people generally think it’s incredibly cool. When I specify “computer forensics” they make reference to Garcia from Criminal Minds, or (if they know me well enough) to Lisbeth Salander.

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A Desk In The Life: Forensic Investigator

A lot of people seem fascinated when I tell them what I do for a living (well, one of the things), so I thought I’d write a blog post about it.

The specific strand of my life that generates all the interest is forensic investigation. To be fair, it is a pretty awesome job and I do feel like a badass when I’m doing it. But a lot of it is way less glamourous than people seem to expect, probably because they’ve watched too much CSI.

So what do I do, if it’s not all ultra-glamourous labs, flashy command lines and 45-minute mysteries?

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