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SYTECH & University of South Wales – Get the career you want

“To achieve this position is a dream come true”

Computer forensics analysis

Iain Macleod is an MComp (Hons) Computer Forensics graduate who now works for Stoke-on-Trent, Newport & Swansea – based Digital Forensic company, SYTECH. He reveals how he ‘worked backwards’ to achieve his new role as a Digital Forensic Analyst.
“I was in my late thirties when I decided that I needed a changed of career. Due to new family commitments I also needed to be able to study alongside being a house husband. At the time, I worked as a bank care support worker, so my first plan was to pursue nursing.

“However, my wife suggested I explore something to do with computers or forensics, as I was very interested in computers and had an obsession for forensics on TV and in books. I researched both potential careers and came across the role of Digital Forensic Analyst. I then worked backwards to get the qualifications that would allow me to get that career.

“I phoned the University of South Wales and spoke to the Associate Head of Computing and Mathematics, who sounded so excited and passionate about the computer forensic course, that by the time he had finished telling me what it entailed, I really wanted to give it a go.

“The best thing about becoming a student was that after years of thinking I couldn’t do any better with my education and career, the realisation that with a little bit of direction, training, and belief from my peers and lecturers, I could achieve anything.

“My current role at Sytech (Systems Technology Consultants) is to analyse and investigate forensically extracted data, using a range of digital forensic software and techniques. My role also involves reading through case paperwork provided by the police force, in order to gain a full understanding of the alleged and potential criminal offences involved in the investigation I’m working on.

“I find the whole job interesting, and at times it can be extremely exciting and rewarding. My career choice came before the degree choice, so to achieve the position of Digital Forensic Analyst straight out of university is a dream come true. This is especially the case with a company such as Sytech, who have an advanced digital forensic laboratory and specifically employ graduates with relevant degrees.

“I’m looking forward to gaining further training in report writing and courtroom training, as well as potentially completing my EnCase Certification (EnCE) with an external trainer and becoming an expert witness within this field of digital forensics.

“My advice to anyone considering the MComp (Hons) Computer Forensics course is study hard, listen and research, and you will succeed on this course and get the career you want.”

Exciting Employment opportunities at SYTECH

Unlocking the code to success – SYTECH Graduate talks about role as Digital Forensic Analyst

Matt Davies - SYTECH
Matt Davies – SYTECH
If you are interested in an exciting role at SYTECH, then please get in touch: recruitment@sytech-consultants.comor visit SYTECH Employment.

 

Matt is a graduate of the BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics course and is now working for SYTECH as a Digital Forensic Analyst.

 

Why did you decide to study computer forensics?

“I was looking for a change of career and thought computer forensics sounded very interesting. I wanted a career that was challenging and non-repetitive. During the practical tutorials in the dedicated forensic lab I began to really enjoy the topic, but when it really clicked for me was during my final year project. I became obsessed and would stay in the labs as late as I possibly could, often being asked to leave by campus security so that they could lock the building!”

Why did you decide to study at the University of South Wales?

“The University of South Wales has an outstanding reputation within the industry and I wanted to maximise the value of my degree. Had I not been able to study computer forensics at the University of South Wales, I would not have pursued a career in digital forensics.

“The University of South Wales works closely with the industry of digital forensics in creating its course content. Exposure to advanced forensic techniques such as CCTV reconstruction, forensic data recovery, and chip-off and J-TAG analysis provides students with skills vastly exceeding those of other institutions and a solid foundation upon which to build their careers.”

How did the course challenge and inspire you?

“Dr Huw Read is an excellent lecturer and instilled a new method of thinking within me. Digital forensics is about thinking outside the box, it’s looking at new devices and seeing beyond their hardware capabilities and understanding the functionalities available to the user. It’s about working around the challenges presented by security measures and providing solutions to complex problems. Trust me when I say that there is no greater feeling than that moment when you have overcome a significant challenge. Only when we push ourselves do we discover what we are truly capable of!”

Tell us a bit more about your research?

“My final year project involved creating a forensically sound method of analysing an 8th generation games console. I was given access to a dedicated postgraduate research lab and became obsessed with overcoming the challenges presented by the device. I established a method that does not alter any data during the analysis process. I was awarded a mark of 76% and invited by University lecturers to continue my research during the summer period. In October 2014, I submitted an academic paper at the Digital Forensics Research Conference (DFRWS) Europe’s largest digital forensics conference. In March of 2015, I became a published author and travelled to Ireland to present my work in front of over 200 attendees.”

What does the day-to-day role of a Digital Forensic Analyst entail?

“On a daily basis, I conduct both prosecution and defence examinations of embedded devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, Satellite Navigation Systems, games consoles, etc. The nature of the cases I am involved in range from indecent images of children to missing persons and murder investigations. The role also involves travelling around the country conducting on-site extractions of mobile devices and providing expert witness testimony in a court of law.”

How do you feel your course helped prepare you for your job at SYTECH?

“Although I enrolled on the MComp (Hons) Computer Forensics course offered by the University, I withdrew from the course early, as I was offered my position at SYTECH after graduating with the BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics. I now provide lectures at the University of South Wales to provide guidance on the skills required by industry.”

What are your next steps?

“The next step in my career is to undertake further study at the University of South Wales. I am currently in the process of preparing my PhD research proposal and aim to begin my studies in January of 2016. My aspirations are to make a significant impact in the field of digital forensics and for my name to stand for integrity, honesty and professionalism.”

What advice would you give to someone considering studying a degree?

“If you feel as though you are not ‘brainy’ enough, just remember that when I started out I didn’t have any qualifications, I was never any good in school and I’m dyslexic. Now, I’m a graduate, a published author, employed as a Digital Forensic Analyst at a fantastic organisation that believes in me and has faith in my abilities; so much so that they have offered to fund my PhD studies.”
Matt was interviewed by industry publication, Forensic Focus earlier in the year. Read the article to find out more about Matt’s research on the forensic analysis of a Sony PS4 and how he thinks the industry will evolve over the next few years.

If you are interested in an exciting role at SYTECH, then please get in touch: recruitment@sytech-consultants.com or visit SYTECH Employment.

 

Source: http://www.southwales.ac.uk/story/1995/

From Masters student to Digital Forensic Analyst

From Masters student to Digital Forensic Analyst

“My Masters helped me prepare for this role”

Rachael Medhurst graduated from the MSc Computer Forensics course and now works for SYTECH – Digital Forensics. She tells us how her course helped prepare her for her career.

“I’ve always had an interest in ICT and became particularly interested in the forensics side of computing after completing my BTEC National Diploma at college. I decided to start researching careers in the forensics field and then looked into universities that offered a forensic computing degree.

“I decided to study at the University of South Wales after attending Open Days, where I discovered they offered access to the computing equipment and labs that I was looking for, along with a supportive team of staff.

“I gained a 2:1 at degree level and then decided to take my studies a step further by completing a postgraduate course. I felt this would allow me to gain more skills and experience, such as mobile phone forensics – including chip-off forensics and malware analysis – and ultimately make me more employable. The University offered job fairs where I met ICT companies looking for forensic computing graduates, which gave me lots of information in preparation for my graduation from the course.

“There were certain aspects of the course that I found challenging and it is hard work, especially as I was working full-time alongside my studies. However, talking to lecturers about their previous experiences of forensic work, and those of the visiting professional who also came in to talk to us about their involvement in the industry was inspiring. This enabled me to remain focused, as I saw the end result that is possible if you’re prepared to work hard enough.

“I now work for SYTECH – Digital Forensics (Systems Technology Consultants) as a Graduate Digital Forensic Analyst. I’ve just completed three months training in Stoke-on-Trent and will now fulfil the rest of my role in Newport. SYTECH offer expert assistance with all technologies and work with both prosecution and defence for a range of police forces across the country.

“Throughout my time at SYTECH so far, I’ve been trained in the imaging department, where devices are checked in and then taken apart to get to the hard drive, which is imaged using FTK (Forensic Toolkit). Once the hard drives have been imaged, they are then extracted. I have also now progressed to the analysis stage, where I am able to use a range of software to analyse the hard drive. My role also involves reading through paperwork provided by the police force about cases, to gain a full understanding of the potential criminal offence. I’m looking forward to gaining further training in report writing and courtroom training next, as well as potentially completing my EnCase Certification (EnCE) with an external trainer, which is valued in this field.

“My Masters course helped me prepare for this role by enabling me to develop further skills that I feel helped me to stand out at interview. In particular, my experience on the course with imaging, the use of industry software such as FTK and EnCase, plus the ability to maintain the integrity of hard drives by following the correct policies and procedures.”

Rachael Medhurst - SYTECH

Rachael Medhurst – SYTECH

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SYTECH Employment – In light of our recent expansion and two brand new state of the art Digital Forensic Laboratories SYTECH are currently offering Brand New Employment Opportunities

Employment

Mobile Phone Forensic Analyst – Graduate Position

We are seeking applicants with the following qualities specific to this field of Digital Forensics:

  • Genuine enthusiasm for mobile devices and digital forensics.
  • An aptitude for dealing with digital information in a range of formats.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Preferably a first or second class honours degree – ideally in a related discipline.
  • The ability to master a large and complex tool set to acquire and analyse data.
  • The ability to present your evidence in court and to be able to explain your actions and support your conclusions under cross-examination.

Based in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire.

How to apply:
Please Email a Covering Letter and CV to the SYTECH Recruitment Office:
Mobile Phone Forensics Recruitment or recruitment@sytech-consultants.com

Computer Forensic Analyst – Graduate Position

We are seeking applicants with the following qualities specific to this field of Digital Forensics:

  • Genuine enthusiasm for mobile devices and digital forensics.
  • An aptitude for dealing with digital information in a range of formats.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Preferably a first or second class honours degree – ideally in a related discipline.
  • The ability to master a large and complex tool set to acquire and analyse data.
  • The ability to present your evidence in court and to be able to explain your actions and support your conclusions under cross-examination.

Based in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire.

How to apply:
Please Email a Covering Letter and CV to the SYTECH Recruitment Office:
Computer Forensics Recruitment or recruitment@sytech-consultants.com

Experienced Mobile Phone Forensic Analyst

We are looking for new Team Members who possess exceptional Digital Forensics abilities  to join our State of the Art – Mobile Device Forensics Lab.

This position will put you at the forefront of extracting, analysing and presenting data from a wide range of mobile devices such a mobile telephone handsets, tablets and satellite navigation systems.

You must not only have experience of conducting both logical and physical analyses of devices using the leading tools (Cellebrite, XRY and Oxygen) but also experience in using a range of advanced techniques for which SYTECH are renowned for.

You will have a proven track record of analysing and interpreting low level data, and ideal candidates will also have the ability to write code to manipulate data using Python (preferably) or another scripting language.

Based in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire.

How to apply:
Please Email a Covering Letter and CV including the last two years of relevant employment to the SYTECH Recruitment Office:
Mobile Phone Forensics Recruitment or recruitment@sytech-consultants.com

Experienced Computer Forensic Analyst

We are looking for new Team Members who possess exceptional Digital Forensics abilities  to join our State of the Art – PC Forensics Lab.

This position will put you at the forefront of extracting, analysing and presenting data from a wide range of PC Systems.

You must not only have experience of conducting examinations using the leading tools (Encase, Forensic Tool Kit and Internet Evidence Finder) but also experience in using a range of advanced techniques for which SYTECH are renowned for.

You will have a proven track record of analysing and interpreting low level data, and ideal candidates will also have the ability to write code to manipulate data using Enscripts and/or Python or another scripting language.

Based in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire.

How to apply:
Please Email a Covering Letter and CV including the last two years of relevant employment to the SYTECH Recruitment Office:
Computer Forensics Recruitment or recruitment@sytech-consultants.com

Experienced Cell Site Analyst

Based in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire.

Experience in:

  • Cell Site Analysis
  • Field Surveys
  • Use of various Cell Site Analysis tools
  • Excellent Report writing skills
  • Court Room experience preferred.
  • Experienced in the Installation and Provisioning of Cellular Networks.

How to apply:
Please Email a Covering Letter and CV covering the last two years, along with salary expectations to the SYTECH Recruitment Office:
Cell Site Analysis Recruitment or recruitment@sytech-consultants.com

Work Placement Student – 2014-2015

Position is now filled.

Based in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire.

The placement will involve full-time employment for a period of 12 months or more, followed by a permanent position on graduation.

Work undertaken during the placement will involve assisting a forensic investigator in a variety of tasks where attention to detail, forensic methodology and presentation are paramount.

The type of work will primarily be case dependant but on completion of the placement, the successful candidate will be able to:

  • Understand and adapt forensic methodology to the type of instruction
  • Present technical information to a number of audiences in a clear and understandable manner
  • Construct exhibits to be used in a court setting
  • Utilise computer forensic software to a high standard
  • Recover forensic artefacts applicable to each specific case
  • Comprehend the use of computer and mobile forensic techniques
  • Understand how an expert witness firm operates

The successful candidate must possess the following criteria:

  1. Computer literate – The successful candidate must be confident and highly skilled in using Microsoft Office programs, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  2. Presentation skills – being able to present appropriately and accurately is an important skill for any successful forensic expert
  3. Organisational skills – being able to manage time and work efficiently.
  4. High standard of report writing skills

The successful candidate should ideally possess the following criteria:

  1. Basic computer forensic knowledge – The candidate should have a basic knowledge of the techniques used within the area of computer forensics
  2. Analytical Skills – Analytical skills are essential when investigating and collating difference sources of data according to case instructions.
  3. Research capabilities/skills – use of internet for sourcing and validating data.
  4. Live/Relocate to the area of Stoke-on-Trent.

How to apply:
IMPORTANT – You need to write a short critique of approximately 250 words detailing your expression of interest in this position and in the field of Digital Forensics and Email it along with a Covering Letter and CV to the SYTECH Recruitment Office:
Placements Recruitment or recruitment@sytech-Consultants.com

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