Digital forensics expert calls for industry to support National College of Cybersecurity
Andrew Sheldon, acknowledged as one of the UK's leading innovators of digital forensic technologies, has issued a call for industry professionals to support the proposed plan from the Qufaro group for a National College of Cybersecurity.
A bove: Andrew Sheldon, Chief Technical Officer, Evidence Talks.
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The College is to be based on the historic Bletchley Park site where Alan Turing and his codebreaker team made the vital breakthrough on the German Enigma encryption scheme.
Speaking from his own business HQ, just a few miles away in Milton Keynes, he offered to provide help to the new entity in establishing its curriculum and course content, wherever the techniques and application of digital forensics are being included.
“The Qufaro group deserves congratulations for its idea and the choice of Bletchley Park will help to inspire the students there to excel”, he said. “I urge all my industry colleagues to support them.”
Sheldon was one of the first to gain a Masters degree from the Centre for Forensic Computing at the Royal Military College of Science, a Cranfield University campus. He also has a personal collection of items from the earliest iterations of the digital forensics industry which he has offered to donate to the National Museum of Computing, one of the founding organisations of Qufaro.
After more than 25 years’ experience and thousands of forensic examinations, Sheldon is known for his innovations in digital forensic triage and his patented work in remote forensics. His technologies and methods are used by government agencies, security services, law enforcement communities and corporate governance executives around the world.
Digital forensics, an essential element of the incident response processes required during cyber-attacks, data breach and other crimes with a digital footprint, offers investigators rapid and accurate analysis of the ‘digital crime scene’. Specialist triage tools can be used by front-line officers with minimal training, deliver evidence standard data and are likely to form a substantial part of the proposed College's syllabus.
Speaking today prior to a visit to the USA to meet with US government officials he concluded: “This is a nationally important initiative we fully support and I think is probably overdue. I believe that industry will support the College and provide both valuable networking and routes to employment.”