Vassilis Manoussos is a Digital Forensics & Cybercrime consultant. He is working as an Expert Witness as the owner of Strathclyde Forensics and he is an Associate at Edinburgh Napier University and The Cyber Academy. He is also Head of Digital Forensics at The Security Circle, a consortium of security experts. He has also been appointed a National Advisor for the Scottish Charity Roshni.
His work experience includes working in several high profile cases in the UK that range from employment and private cases, to criminal investigations (murder, child pornography, fraud and industrial espionage). Mr Manoussos is a regular guest speaker to several UK universities (Edinburgh Napier University, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow University, Robert Gordon University, University of West of Scotland). He is a regular speaker for businesses audiences, focusing on cyber security, data loss prevention, social engineering and incident response.
He is delivering courses to lawyers (as part of their CPD requirements) on digital evidence, data protection and digital forensics investigations. He has also delivered training to Chinese government officials on Big Data through Edinburgh Napier University. His academic credentials include an MSc Forensic Informatics, BSc Business and an AAS in Computer Programming. He has been a guest speaker to international and regional conferences and symposia and he was the co-organiser of the PGCS Symposium at Edinburgh Napier. He is a registered expert with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and a founding member of the UK’s Digital Forensics Society.
The future of Digital Forensics: Digital Evidence as Big Data & Digital Evidence for non-cyber crimes
Digital Evidence has been used during the last two decades to investigate initially “computer crime” and later on “cyber crime”. The methodologies police forces around the world use, are for all intends and purposes similar. The evidence is extracted from suspect devices and then reported to the prosecuting authorities.
Today the war against crime is more complicated and the theatres are not easily defined. An investigation is likely to produce unknown actors and links to different crimes that were not going to be investigated in the first place.
In the light of IoT and the proliferation of digital devices, we should also focus on the need to investigate more digital evidence for crimes that were not intended to be “computer” or “cyber”.
The new approaches need to combine different sources of digital evidence (i.e. computers, mobile phones, internet of things, sensors, storage devices, cloud etc.) as one pool of data: to move to Big Data. This will allow for evidence to create flags between cases and jurisdictions, outside natural and legal borders. These two particular trends, will set the benchmark of future of investigating for and the handling of digital evidence