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Dr Ian Kennedy

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Ian Kennedy PhD CEng FBCS CITP 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 software tools and the link to formal methods used to develop forensic processes
  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and SCADA security
  • Use of artificial Intelligence (AI) to both conduct illegal activity and investigate it
  • Challenges of Cloud forensics


Chapters in Books

  • ‘Investigating Digital Crime’ in R Bryant and S Bryant (eds.) (2014), in Policing Digital Crime, Ashgate, pp. 123-145, ISBN 978-1409423430
  • ‘Procedures at Digital Crime Scenes’ in R Bryant and S Bryant (eds.) (2014), in Policing Digital Crime, Ashgate, pp. 147-160, ISBN 978-1409423430
  • ‘Digital Forensic Analysis’ in R Bryant and S Bryant (eds.) (2014), in Policing Digital Crime, Ashgate, pp. 161-185, ISBN 978-1409423430
  • ‘Opportunities and Challenges for the Future’ in R Bryant and S Bryant (eds.) (2014), in Policing Digital Crime, Ashgate, pp. 201-217, ISBN 978-1409423430
  • ‘Investigating Digital Crime’ in R Bryant and S Bryant (eds.) (2008), in Investigating Digital Crime, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., pp. 49-78, ISBN 978-0470516010

Conference Papers

  • ‘Towards scientific rigour malware forensics’ presented to the Forensic Science Society and California Association of Criminalists joint Autumn Conference, The Mercure Manchester Piccadilly, 6-8 November 2013
  • ‘Towards scientific malware analysis’ presented to the Proc. 4th International Conference on Cybercrime Forensics Education & Training, Canterbury Christ Church University, 2-3 September 2010

Magazine articles (all invited)

Professional Society (BCS) publications

Teaching interests

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

  • Digital forensics
  • Cyber security
  • Malware analysis
  • Computer security
  • Computer programming
  • Ethical hacking
  • Academic study 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 board of referees for Forensic Science International: Digital Investigation (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)

Member of course development team assigned to Project Agile in Cyprus to update course material for the Network and Internet Investigations and Internet Investigations courses (2019). 


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 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 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