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Cyber security firm Foregenix scoops Queen’s Award for Enterprise

A cyber security firm has picked up the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Foregenix, which celebrates its 10th Anniversary this month, received the award for its work in international trade and is believed to be the first cyber security consultancy with a determined focus on protecting the payment and finance industries to pick up the accolade.

Headquartered in the UK, Foregenix has generated around 60% of its revenue from international sales over the past four years, helped by new offices in Boston servicing North America, Frankfurt, Europe, Sydney, Australasia and São Paulo, Brazil and a new base in Singapore in 2019.

Foregenix offers a range of services including managed detection and response, digital forensics, compliance and risk. It’s one of the leading certification companies for payment systems on PCI point-to-point encryption and an authority on ATM ‘cash-out’ attacks.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise follows on from recognition by The Sunday Times as one of the Top 100 SME exporters in 2017 and 2018.

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Left to Right: Paul Humpage, Andrew Henwood and Benjamin Hosack of Foregenix

The Queen’s Awards have recognised the achievements of British businesses since 1965. Around 200 businesses receive the accolade each year.

Co-founder and CTO Andrew Bontoft commented: “It’s testimony to the brilliant work and dedication of our global team that we’ve received this prestigious award. We’re very proud of what the team has achieved and grateful for the recognition this award signifies. We would also like to thank our clients and suppliers for helping us to achieve this honour.”

CEO Andrew Henwood added: “Foregenix aims to protect businesses and organisations from criminals who attempt to endanger people’s livelihoods and futures for their own enrichment. It’s a cause that resonates with our customers. We offer them practical advice and solutions for baked-in security and real risk reduction.”

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Evidence Talks moves to new headquarters in Buckinghamshire

Evidence Talks, the digital forensic specialist business which now provides its services to law enforcement, Government, security operations and corporates all over the world, has moved across Milton Keynes to new premises overlooking Willen Lake.

Recently, the company’s CEO Elizabeth Sheldon and CTO Andrew Sheldon hosted an official opening where a mix of clients, suppliers and staff enjoyed a highly successful networking event.

In a warmly-received welcoming address, Elizabeth Sheldon briefly reviewed the company’s 14-year history, with a record sales year in 2016 the undoubted highlight. Sheldon also commented on the substantial Government contracts won by Evidence Talks in both the UK and the US, with the consequent expansion of the business including five new members of staff and the move to the new headquarters.

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Paying tribute to all the business communities represented at the gathering, Sheldon said: “I would like to thank our customers and suppliers for their support and our members of staff for their professionalism and enthusiasm. We have some of the best digital forensic technology in the world at the moment, and it seems that both the UK and the US Governments agree that we have the ideas, innovation and ability to create the forensic technologies of the future.”

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Evidence Talks launches SPEKTOR Rapid Imager for forensic imaging “at unparalleled speeds”

A global collaboration between digital forensics specialist Evidence Talks and Australia-based Schatz Forensic will afford investigators in law enforcement, Government agencies and Corporate Security Departments the ability to create forensic images significantly faster than when using traditional techniques.

The breakthrough in forensic imaging speed in a triage tool comes as a result of integration between Evidence Talks’ SPEKTOR solution and Schatz Forensic’s next generation forensic imaging technology, named Evimetry. Evimetry is based on the peer-reviewed AFF4 forensic image file format, advanced compression and intelligent sequencing of disk access.

Dr Bradley Schatz, director of Schatz Forensic and an inventor of the AFF4 forensic image format, has a PhD in Digital Forensics, a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, 23 years experience in IT and 13 years in digital forensics. Schatz is a globally recognised leader in forensic research, with appointments across the leading publication venues of the field.

Andrew Sheldon MSc, Chief Technical Officer of Evidence Talks and originator of the SPEKTOR forensic platform, has 37 years of experience in IT, 23 of which have focused on forensic computing. He holds a Masters degree in the discipline from the Centre for Forensic Computing at the Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University and is a regular speaker at industry events.

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Sheldon commented: “During our research into methods of reducing forensic imaging times, I discovered Dr Schatz and his work on the peer reviewed and forensically sound AFF4 imaging format. Further development of this work by Schatz Forensic was so close to our desired objectives that we approached him to work collaboratively and combine the technology into the SPEKTOR product range. This has accelerated our ability to deliver outstanding performance to a market that’s demanding faster image creation in order to cope with massive increases in target media capacities.”

Exclusive licensing agreement

Now, with an exclusive licensing agreement in the triage space, Evidence Talks is embedding the necessary code across its SPEKTOR product suite. In a recent test, the SPEKTOR Rapid Imager produced a full linear image on a MacBook Air with 120 GB storage in under four minutes. That can be set against the previous timeframe using industry standard tools of some 45 minutes.

SPEKTOR Rapid Imager isn’t just fast when imaging SSD media. It’s optimised for slower systems employing rotational media with tests indicating significant reductions in imaging times.

The new system was launched at the 2016 F3 annual workshop in Gloucester on Tuesday 8 November. Evidence Talks is a founder member of F3, which is a non-profit organisation helping to provide low-cost training for digital forensic practitioners.

Commenting on the product release, Dr Bradley Schatz said: “We recognised very early in discussions with Andrew Sheldon that Evidence Talks had the vision and will to lead the forensic triage market to preserve more evidence in less time. This vision aligns perfectly with that of Schatz Forensic. The seamless integration of SPEKTOR and the Evimetry imager engine provides a dramatic increase in digital forensic triage performance which will have immediate and measurable benefits for end users.”

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Expert-level (ISC)² Certified Cyber Forensics Professional certification available in Europe

(ISC)² (the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals with nearly 100,000 members worldwide) has announced the availability of its Certified Cyber Forensics Professional – European Union certification in Europe. Registration is now open, with the first examination available on 30 April 2014 at Pearson VUE Test Centres across the region. The German translation of the examination will be available on 15 June 2014.

The CCFP is the only global standard currently available for assessing experienced digital forensics professionals’ mastery of the discipline. Originally only available for the US and South Korea, the credential has been developed for the European legal environment following a series of exam workshops conducted by a panel of experts from public and private sector organisations in the UK and Europe to ensure that its scope and content reflects the requirements of the region.

The CCFP is an expert-level credential that offers a common, internationally recognised body of knowledge. It exposes a comprehensive, yet advanced knowledge that today’s experienced cyber forensics practitioners must demonstrate.

The CCFP is the only global standard currently available for assessing experienced digital forensics professionals’ mastery of the discipline

The CCFP is the only global standard currently available for assessing experienced digital forensics professionals’ mastery of the discipline

Many of the existing certifications available today are of a foundational level and focus on a narrow aspect of the cyber forensics realm.

“A major challenge for the information security community today is that we are unable to fight cyber crime as one force,” explained Lorenz Kuhlee, CCFP-EU (ISC)² volunteer and lead investigator for the RISK Team at Verizon. “The crime scene is broad and so, to be effective, there is a need for collaboration across the cyber crime landscape in a way that bridges all aspects of security including technology, analytics, law enforcement and business.”

Kuhlee continued: “In Europe, the complexity is much higher due to the law-related disparities among countries. The CCFP credential supports the unique requirements of individual countries, but equips professionals with a Best Practice-led, uniform and thorough approach to dealing with overall challenges.”

The CCFP spans the digital forensics and information security disciplines. The six (ISC)² CBK domains within the credential include: Legal and Ethical Principles, Investigations, Forensic Science, Digital Forensics, Application Forensics and Hybrid/Emerging Technologies.

Applications to Big Data

“Cyber forensics is more than crime scenes and just collecting and analysing hard drives and USB sticks,” said Adrian Davis, managing director for EMEA at (ISC)².

“It can be applied to Big Data, security log review and other important security activities where careful analysis can yield important insights. Additionally, the discipline permeates information security, law enforcement and law in general.”

Davis went on to state: “While its importance is growing globally, standardising cyber forensics practices across Europe is especially challenging given the numerous jurisdictions within the region. We have leveraged the expertise of subject matter experts to adapt the certification to specifically meet the needs of the European market. The CCFP encompasses the depth and breadth of expertise that every cyber forensics professional must possess – from forensics techniques and procedures through to standards of practice, as well as legal and ethical principles that are commonly recognised, applicable and relevant across the region.”

To attain the CCFP, applicants must hold a four-year degree leading to a Baccalaureate or regional equivalent and have at least three years of cumulative paid full-time, professional experience in digital forensics or IT security in three out of the six domains of the credential.

Those not holding a degree must have six years of cumulative paid full-time digital forensics or IT security work experience in three out of the six domains of the credential or an alternate forensics certification approved by (ISC)² and five years of full-time digital forensics or IT security experience in three out of the six domains of the credential.

Candidates can find out more information about CCFP, download the exam outline, sign up for training courses and register for the exam at: http://www.isc2.org/ccfp.

The Official (ISC)² Guide to the CCFP CBK will be available in electronic format on iTunes by the end of April.

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