I have a police and security intelligence background and I have a BSc first class honours and concluding my PhD thesis at Murdoch University researching the feasibility of expert systems in digital evidence validation. My research looks at developing better ways of assisting key stakeholders–the legal fraternity, law enforcement agencies, information systems designers, and information managers–understand, prepare and use digital information during legal proceedings.
Since 2005, I lectured at Murdoch University teaching and researching cyber security and cyber forensics. I design and coordinate under-graduate and post-graduate units that allows students virtual analyses of simulated computer crimes. I retired from this position at the end of 2014 to pursue academic research and teaching, forensic training and examination services and complete my PhD.
I provide a consultancy service for legal practitioners who require independent cyber forensic examinations and reports. This has included analysing case evidence in criminal cases heard at Magistrate, District and Commonwealth Courts. This required me to compile cyber forensic reports and testify as an expert witness on complex technical matters to assist the jury understand the digital evidence presented during trial. Cases I have undertaken involved analysing digital evidence recovered from computers, mobile phones and other digital devices, and then preparing expert testimony.
I am Director of Research & Training for Xtremeforensics based in the USA and responsible worldwide for the development and deployment of training for competency in digital forensic and eDiscovery Forensics software tools. These include Perlustro's ILookIX and, IXimager and Xtremeforensics, ISeekDiscovery and iVault forensic applications. I am also affiliated as a forensic practitioner and educator with TSW Analytical P/L in Western Australia