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PhD
Doctorate

Level Doctorate
Student Leigh Turnbull
Status Withdrawn
Part Time No
Years 2021
Project Title Cryptography Artifact and Behavioural Analysis for Malware Detection
Awarding Institution Edinburgh Napier University
Director of Studies Rich Macfarlane
Second Supervisor Gordon Russell

PhD
Doctorate

Level Doctorate
Student Dr Sean McKeown
Status Complete
Part Time No
Years 2015 - 2019
Project Title Utilising reduced file representations to facilitate fast contraband detection
Project Description The field of Digital Forensics has been facing scalability issues for the last 10 years, resulting in huge backlogs for law enforcement agencies, impeding the course of justice. One reason for this is the performance bottleneck introduced by storage media, with large disk drives potentially requiring an entire day to duplicate.

My work focuses on methods for evaluating digital images in a manner which is both computationally inexpensive, and avoids the need to read the entire file from the hard disk. Fingerprints are derived using compressed domain Content Based Image Retrieval (CBIR) techniques, which are more robust than standard cryptographic hashing methods.
Awarding Institution Edinburgh Napier University
Director of Studies Gordon Russell
Second Supervisor Petra Leimich
Additional Supervisor Bill Buchanan

PhD
Doctorate

Level Doctorate
Student Dr Peter McLaren
Status Complete
Part Time No
Years 2016 - 2019
Project Title Investigations into decrypting live secure traffic in virtual environments
Awarding Institution Edinburgh Napier University
Director of Studies Gordon Russell
Second Supervisor Bill Buchanan
Additional Supervisor Thomas Tan