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Dr Ian Kennedy

Profile summary

Professional biography

Ian Kennedy BEng PhD CEng FBCS MCSFS CITP graduated in control system engineering and has over twenty years practice in industry, initially in software development and commissioning then subsequently as a digital forensic investigator/expert witness; working in a rich variety of sectors such as health, criminal justice, corporate consultancy and the civil service in counter-terrorism intelligence.  He has completed over 300 investigations, including a number of high profile cases. This has enabled him to amass experience and knowledge of trends in criminal activity and the failings of cyber security practice in the real world over an extended period of time. 

Since 2014, he has been a full-time academic, after taking up a part-time position alongside his practice in 2008.

Prior to his role at open University, he was the Program Leader for the Computer Forensics and Security undergraduate programme at Canterbury Christ Church University

Research interests

  • Reliability of digital evidence
  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and ICS/SCADA forensics/security
  • Machine learning assisted investigations and the malicious use of artificial Intelligence
  • Cloud forensics

Teaching interests

He has experience and interest in teaching across a wide variety of areas including:

  • Digital forensics
  • Cyber security
  • Malware analysis
  • Computer security
  • Computer programming
  • Ethical hacking
  • Academic study and research skills

External collaborations

External Examiner

  • Teeside University, MSc Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation (2020-present)
  • Birmingham City University, BSc (Hons) Cyber Security (2019-present)

Academic editorial work

  • Member of the Editorial Board for Science and Justice journal (Digital Forensics) (2020-present)
  • Member of the board of referees for Science and Justice journal (2019-present)
  • Member of the board of referees for FSI: Digital Investigation journal (2019-present)

Membership or offices held in learned societies and professional bodies  

  • BCS Assessor for prospective CEng and CITP candidates (2019-present)
  • Invited to author updates of the digital forensics accreditation standards for The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (2016)

University of Warwick

Teaching and assessing on their overseas programme MSc Cyber Security and Management at venues in Malaysia (2018, 2019) and Singapore (2019, 2020).

European Cybercrime Training and Education Group (ECTEG)

Special Advisor to Project Agile in Cyprus to update course material for the Network and Internet Investigations and Internet Investigations courses (2019). 

Publications

Towards Increasing Trust In Expert Evidence Derived From Malware Forensic Tools (2020)
Kennedy, Ian; Bandara, Arosha and Price, Blaine
Journal of Digital Forensics Security and Law, 15, Article 3(2)


Chapter 7 - Procedures at Digital Crime Scenes (2016-11-11)
Kennedy, Ian and Day, Ed
In: Bryant, Robin and Bryant, Sarah eds. Policing Digital Crime (pp. 147-160)
ISBN : 978-1-138-25744-3 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Farnham, Surrey, UK


Chapter 10 Opportunities and challenges for the future (2016-11-11)
Bryant, Robin; Day, Ed and Kennedy, Ian
In: Bryant, Robin and Bryant, Sarah eds. Policing Digital Crime (pp. 201-217)
ISBN : 978-1-138-25744-3 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Farnham, Surrey, UK


Chapter 6 Investigating digital crime (2016)
Bryant, Robin and Kennedy, Ian
In: Bryant, Robin and Bryant, Sarah eds. Policing Digital Crime (pp. 123-145)
ISBN : 978-1-138-25744-3 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Farnham, Surrey, UK


Chapter 8 Digital Forensic Analysis (2016)
Kennedy, Ian and Day, Ed
In: Bryant, Robin and Bryant, Sarah eds. Policing Digital Crime (pp. 161-185)
ISBN : 978-1-138-25744-3 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Farnham, Surrey, UK


Chapter 3 - Investigating digital crime (2008-06)
Kennedy, Ian
In: Bryant, Robin P. ed. Investigating digital crime (pp. 49-78)
ISBN : 978-0-470-51600-3 | Publisher : John Wiley and Sons | Published : Chichester, West Sussex, UK


Towards Scientific Malware Analysis (2010-09)
Kennedy, Ian
In : Proc. 4th International Conference on Cybercrime Forensics Education & Training CFET 2010 (2-3 Sep 2010, Canterbury, Kent)


A Framework for the Systematic Evaluation of Malware Forensic Tools (2017-08-12)
Kennedy, Ian Martin
PhD thesis The Open University


The Trojan Defence (2011-05-18)
Kennedy, Ian
The Open University


Playing With Fire: Dissecting Malicious Software (2010-05-01)
Kennedy, Ian
Digital Forensics Magazine


A silent digital witness (2007-09-21)
Kennedy, Ian
Solicitors Journal


Computer CSI (2007-04)
Kennedy, Ian
Personal Computer World


Presenting digital evidence to court (2006-10-04)
Kennedy, Ian
The Chartered Institute for IT


It was the big wooden horse, your Honour (2006-08-04)
Kennedy, Ian
The Chartered Institue for IT


The electronic autopsy - digital forensics Part 1 (2006-04-08)
Kennedy, Ian
The Chartered Institute for IT


Looking for foul play - digital forensics Part 2 (2006-04-08)
Kennedy, Ian
The Chartered Institute for IT