Monday, 21 May 2007

May 2007

Student Interviews
First round of student interviews as part of next module delivery on the MSc Cybercrime Forensics.29th & 30th May.
· Phase 1 activity (b) of the RIT project

Web Site
Addition of pages to Departmental website
· Phase 1 activity (a) of the RIT project

Addition of a new Blackboard for the RIT project
· Phase 1 activity (a) of the RIT project

Thursday, 26 April 2007

April 2007

International Conference Paper
“Tracking Email Offenders”, Man Qi & Denis Edgar Nevill, ETHICOMP Working Conference 2007, Kunming, China, 2nd-3rd April, 2007. Paper delivered by Dr Man Qi (Lecturer - Department of Computing) Networking with experts in Cybercrime field in China paper mainly funded by Department staff development
· Phase 3 activities (a) and (g) of the RIT project

International Conference Paper
“Using IT to Conduct Collaborative Research Across Distributed Staff & Student Populations” Denis Edgar-Nevill, CAQDAS2007 Advances in Qualitative Computing conference 18th-20th April 2007, Royal Holloway, University of London Paper delivered by Denis Edgar-Nevill (HoD – Department of Computing) discussed the subject development basis of the RIT project and the qualitative research techniques being employed on the project
· Phase 3 activity (g) of the RIT project

Company Memorandum of Agreement
New memorandum of agreement signed with 7Safe Ltd on cooperation on accreditation and development for the MSc Cybercrime Forensics. As discussed in the RIT this company are leading national specialists in supporting Cybercrime investigation and associated training.
· Phase 2 activities (c) & (d) of the RIT project

Project Blog
Project Blog established on (allows for independent external access without the need for Blackboard passwords etc)
· Phase 2 activity (a) of the RIT project

Paul Stephens invited to contribute to the workshop “Linux as a Forensic Tool” at University College Dublin in April 2007. Funded by the AGIS project
· Phase 2 activity (a) of the RIT project

March 2007

University Ethics Compliance
Research Ethics Review Checklist form completed for the RIT project and sent to Faculty of Business & Sciences Ethics Committee.

Project Budget
Project budget nominal established (R0157)

February 2007

Trade Show Attendance
Learning Technologies 2007, Olympia, London, 1st February 2007 Attended by Denis Edgar-Nevill particularly reviewing virtual forum technologies for possible use on the RIT project as discussed in the bid document
· Phase 1 of RIT project

Initial Baseline Study
Denis Edgar-Nevill carried out preliminary baseline research with new cohort of MSc Cybercrime Forensic Students to establish understanding of “research” as part of their first module on the programme.
· Phase 1 activity (b) of RIT project

Sponsors for Cybercrime Education Conference
Sponsorship agreed by NPIA National Policing Improvement Agency (formally CENTREX), Champlain College (USA), Justice Institute of British Columbia (Canada), Norman Data Defence Systems (UK).
· Phase 2 activity (a) of the RIT project

January 2007

Call for Papers Cybercrime Education Conference
First Call for papers circulated for the CFET 2007 conference to be run in September 2007 (see below). International advisory panel formed including:
Susan Ballou (Program Manager, Office of Law Enforcement Standards, NIST, USA), Dr Robin Bryant (Head of Department Crime & Policing CCCU, UK), Dr. Joe Carthy (University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland), Dr Philip Craiger (Assistant Director for Digital Evidence, National Center for Forensic Science University of Central Florida, USA), Bill Crane (Acting Head of High Tech Training National Centre for Policing Excellence - Specialist Training, UK), Dr. Rob D'Ovidio (Drexel University, USA), Denis Edgar-Nevill (Head of Department Computing, CCCU, UK), Dr Douglas Harris (CyberSecurity and Emergency Preparedness Institute Associate Dean, Erik Jonsson School, Engineering and Computer Science University of Texas at Dallas, USA), Ron Jewell (Manager, Forensic Science Center, Marshall University, USA), Nigel Jones (Managing Director, Aon Consulting, UK), Dr Gary C. Kessler (Director Center for Digital Investigation Information Security, Champlain College ,USA), Jack McGee (President, Justice Institute of British Columbia, Canada), Rob Risen (Police Academy of the Netherlands), Professor Sujeet Shonoi (University of Tulsa, USA)
· Phase 2 activity (a) of the RIT project

Tuesday, 24 April 2007

RIT Bid Document

Application for funding under the
Research Informed Teaching initiative

Originator’s name
Denis Edgar-Nevill
Title or Descriptor for development
Cybercrime Education Informed by Research in a New Fast-Changing Discipline
Brief synopsis of existing research and departmental practice in RIT
The department has a small research base with four individuals with significant research publication experience. All staff inform their teaching through scholarly activity and Knowledge Transfer activities; three of whom additionally publications on pedagogy.
Description of the proposed development
This development will study how research has informed the studies of students on the MSc Cybercrime Forensics and how this new area is being defined and developed by staff in the Department of Computing through the following activities:
(a) Developing a research network in Cybercrime Forensic including universities, police training CENTREX and the National High Tech Crime Training Unit at Wyboston and commercial security companies such as 7Safe Ltd promoting an annual international conference, developing an integrated website, virtual forums & streamed lectures using e-learning technology. The many of these operations already have memorandums of agreement for future work with the Department of Computing.
(b) One-to-one interviews with MSc students on the use of research informed teaching during the taught components of their programme and how this has influenced and developed their own research development; the study to form the basis for publication
(c) Interviews with prominent researchers in the field in the UK; the study to form the basis for evolving the design of the MSc Cybercrime Forensics and building the new BSc Forensic Computing degree and for associated publications.
(d) Open research seminars for students and staff with invited academics from other universities, police officers and security industry speakers.
(e) MSc students attending and, if possible, present a research paper at the 1st International Cybercrime Education and Training Conference, 6-7th September 2007 being hosted by the Department
(f) Members of the Department of Computing attending and present a research papers at the 1st International Cybercrime Education and Training Conference, 6-7th September 2007
(g) Staff Delivering research papers in the area of Cybercrime forensics and papers on the research informed teaching pedagogy in this area (e.g. Denis Edgar-Nevill and Paul Stephens have submitted an abstract "Developing Cybercrime Forensics: The Growing Pains of a New Discipline" for the 3rd International Conference on Computer Science & Information Systems, JULY 23-24, 2007, Athens, Greece).
(h) The above will form the basis for further bids to external funding sources with the eventual goal of building a critical mass of sustained activity in this area forming a research centre.
Which RIT objectives will this development address?
1. To ensure that all students receive a higher education informed by research
this objective is furthered particularly (b), (d), (e) above
2. To enhance teaching and learning through engagement with pedagogic research in all disciplines
this objective is furthered particularly (a), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g) above
3. To enhance the employability of graduates through engagement in research-based activities and experiences
this objective is furthered particularly (b), (d), (e) above
4. To enhance the research profile of academic departments
this objective is furthered particularly (a), (c), (d), (f), (g), (h) above
Duration of funded development (indicate continuation strategy)
January 2007-July 2007
Phase 1 – Current RIT in Cybercrime Forensics. The intention is to gather information from our MSc students (all of whom are professional practitioners) to assess their development of research skills within the subject and to consider how staff associated with the MSc programme are developing their RIT practice (activities (b) & (c) above).
Phase 2 – Raising the RIT Profile. In parallel with phase 1 (activities (d) & (g) above).
Phase 3 – Dissemination – Publication of results of initial findings
September 2007-July 2008
Phase 4 – Cybercrime Education & Training Conference. Already in preparation, this conference will be the vehicle for publication by staff and students and networking to develop future work (activities (a), (e), (f) & (g) above).
Phase 5 – Continued study and evolution of RIT Studying the changes implemented in the MSc using the 2nd cohort and beginning to evaluate RIT used in the new undergraduate programme (activities (b), (c) & (d) above).
Phase 6 – Dissemination and Bidding. Dissemination of results through publication and in developing bids for external research funding. Longer-term development will be addressed, (activities (a)& (h) above)
Continuation Strategy Important to continue this development are the activities identified above which have longer-term aspirations such as (a), (d), (g) & (h).
How will the proposed development enhance learning and teaching?
1. Ensure students benefit from RIT with a wider input from external experts
2. Promotion of the concept and practice of RIT in the Department, Faculty, University
3. Increases research and RIT pedagogic publications
4. Developing e-learning infrastructure for RIT in (particular virtual forums)
Which programmes will be improved as a consequence? (Or which students will benefit?)
· MSc Cybercrime Forensics (December 2005 cohort & December 2006 cohort)
· BSc Forensic Computing (September 2007 cohort)
List the staff involved (indicate the % of departmental staff this represents)
Research team promoting RIT (20% of staff in the Department)
Denis Edgar-Nevill, Dr Abhaya Induruwa , Paul Stephens
RIT Developments with Cybercrime Forensics Teaching team (70% of staff)
Dr Man Qi, Dr David Lewis, Dr David Bennett, Brian Brighouse, Mike Baker, Maria Shaw
What funding will be required? How will this funding be used?
January 2007-July 2007 (£8000)
Staff/guest speaker travel - £4000 Conference Fees £2000
ICT Hardware/software (virtual forums) - £2000
September 2007-July 2008(£10000)
Teaching Relief - £2000 Staff/guest speaker travel - £4000 Conference Fees - £2000
ICT Hardware/software - £2000