Petra Leimich

Petra Leimich

Dr Petra Leimich

Lecturer

Biography

Dr Petra Leimich (PhD, MSc, PgDip, Dipl-Math, SFHEA, CEH) is a Lecturer in Cybersecurity and Networks with a strong focus on Digital Forensics. She is the programme leader for the Graduate Apprenticeships (GA) BEng Hons Cybersecurity and the BSc (Hons) Computing run in Myanmar, which focuses on Cybersecurity, a core member of the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networking and Cybersecurity, and an active member of The Cyber Academy in the School of Computing (SoC) at Edinburgh Napier University. Petra is a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and an active researcher. As Senior Fellow of the HEA and Senior Teaching Fellow, she is active in the ENU Teaching Fellows community. Petra holds PhD and MSc degrees from the University of Dundee.
Petra's early research was in the areas of Mathematical Biology and Epidemiology and Computing Education. She has been research active in Cybersecurity, particularly Digital Forensics and Incident Response (IR), for around 10 years. Her growing reputation in the area of cloud forensics led to an invitation to speak at the ScotSecure Summit in February 2020. Her current research interests focus on the areas of Digital Forensic Triage, Big Data, Cloud and Distributed Systems Forensics and Incident Response (IR). Other interests include memory forensics, approximate matching, web browser forensics and information security. Recent research investigates forensic methodology suitable for in-cloud forensics and proposes new methods for investigating digital artefacts left on a Hadoop Distributed File System Cluster. Work in progress in this area focusses on forensics and IR for NoSQL and in-memory databases. A second strand of recent research is fast forensic triage through sub-file features of image files, where images (jpeg, png etc) are compared to a database of known contraband without processing the whole file. In allowing a rapid assessment of evidence, this work contributes to reducing the overheads involved in all levels of digital forensic investigations. Applied to cloud storage forensics, such as Dropbox, this technique offers potential solutions where network bandwidth would otherwise be a limiting factor. Finally, recent work includes a forensic audit of the Tor Browser Bundle. This has developed a method to show not only that Tor has been used, but also which pages were visited, and will be of great interest to forensic investigations involving obfuscation, use of the dark web etc. Petra's research is informed by her background in Mathematics and Statistics, drawing on subjects such as game theory, sampling theory and experimental design. Petra has supervised one PhD in Digital Forensics to successful completion and is currently supervising two PhD students. One is working on robot IR and forensics, the other in IR for cloud and distributed systems. Petra has also supervised around 100 Honours and MSc projects to successful completion. Petra and her students (Honours, MSc and PhD) have produced significant joint research publications.
Petra has a passion for teaching, particularly Digital Forensics and for contextualising Python scripting for Cybersecurity and Forensics. She has a strong integration of her research work into her teaching and dissertation supervision, and continuously strives to enhance the student experience, for example by integrating guest lectures from Police Scotland and other Digital Forensics Practitioners in her teaching. She also developed a mock crime scene investigation practical in collaboration with experts from Police Scotland. Current work in teaching and learning focuses on enhancing student support and gamification of Scripting for Cybersecurity, by developing formative programming skills quizzes with CodeRunner, that run students' code and feedback automatically to the students.
Petra is an EC-Council certified Hacker (CEH) and Senior Fellow of the HEA (SFHEA). She has held five external examinerships; currently with Leeds Beckett University for the MSc Computer Security and MSc Computer Forensics & Security. She is a regular referee for numerous journals and programme committee member for conferences, including IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security, Forensic Science International: Digital Investigation; Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law; Journal of Cyber Security Technology; IEEE International Conference on Cyber Situational Awareness, Data Analytics and Assessment (Cyber SA). Her first invited talk related to CyBOK was on Database Security and held at South-West University of Science and Technology, China in 2009. Most recently, Petra was the Invited speaker on Cloud Forensics: Opportunities and Challenges at the ScotSecure Summit (2020) in Edinburgh and co-awarded a SICSA Cyber Nexus Distinguished visiting fellow grant for a visitor from Morgan Stanley (US) (2019). She was also co-exhibitor with Sean McKeown at SICSA Demofest (2017) on "Copies and Contraband: Fast Forensic Identification of Duplicate Images".

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Events

Esteem

Conference Organising Activity

  • Reviewer for ICDF2C: EAI Int Conference on Digital Forensics & Cyber Crime
  • Reviewer for Cyber Security: IEEE International Conference on Cyber Security and Protection of Digital Services
  • PC Member for the International Conference on Cyber-Technologies and Cyber-Systems
  • PC Member: Cyber SA 2017
  • Reviewer for ICDF2C 2017
  • Scientific Committee Member for SCME 2016
  • Conference Organiser: BNCOD 2010
  • TLAD Conference Chair and Editor of Proceedings

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner at Leeds Beckett University
  • External Examiner at the University of Brighton
  • External Examiner at University of the West of England
  • External Examiner at De Montfort University, Leicester
  • External Examiner at Glasgow Caledonian University

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Senior Fellow of the HEA
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

 

Invited Speaker

  • Cloud Forensics: Opportunities and Challenges. ScotSecure Summit
  • Database Security. South-West University of Science and Technology, Mianyang, China

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • SICSA Cyber Nexus Distinguished Visiting Fellow Grant
  • Copies and Contraband: Fast Forensic Identification of Duplicate Images (SICSA Demofest)
  • Cyber STEM Event for P7 Girls - The Cyber Academy, Edinburgh Napier University

 

Reviewing

  • Reviewer for JDFSL
  • Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security
  • Reviewer for Forensic Science International: Digital Investigation
  • Reviewer for Journal of Cybersecurity Technology

 

Date


19 results

An assessment of data leakage in Firefox under different conditions.

Presentation / Conference
Findlay, C., & Leimich, P. (2014, July)
An assessment of data leakage in Firefox under different conditions. Paper presented at CFET 2014: 7th International Conference on Cybercrime Forensics Education & Training, Christ Church,
Data leakage is a serious issue and can result in the loss of sensitive data, compromising user accounts and details, potentially affecting millions of internet users. This pa...

Editorial: TLAD 2014

Conference Proceeding
Leimich, P., & Monger, A. (2014)
Editorial: TLAD 2014. In Proceedings TLAD 2014. 12th International Workshop on the Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Databases
No abstract avialable.

Editorial: TLAD 2013

Conference Proceeding
Leimich, P., & Nelson, D. (2013)
Editorial: TLAD 2013. In Proceedings TLAD 2013. 11th International Workshop on Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Databases
No abstract available.

Uses of Peer Assessment in Database Teaching and Learning

Conference Proceeding
Paterson, J., Wilson, J. N., & Leimich, P. (2012)
Uses of Peer Assessment in Database Teaching and Learning. In Data Security and Security Data. , (135-146). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-25704-9_17
This discussion paper introduces three very different methods and contexts for the use of peer assessment in introductory database classes, each of which is supported by diffe...

On the digital forensic analysis of the Firefox browser via recovery of SQLite artefacts from unallocated space

Presentation / Conference
Bagley, R., Ferguson, R. I. & Leimich, P. (2012, September)
On the digital forensic analysis of the Firefox browser via recovery of SQLite artefacts from unallocated space. Paper presented at CFET (Cyberforensics in Education and Training ), Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury
A technique and supporting tool for the recovery of browsing activity (both currently stored and deleted) from the Firefox web-browser is presented. The approach is based upon...

Editorial: TLAD 2012

Conference Proceeding
Leimich, P., & Byrne, B. (2012)
Editorial: TLAD 2012. In Proceedings TLAD 2012. 10th International Workshop on Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Databases
No abstract available.

Editorial: TLAD 2011

Conference Proceeding
Leimich, P. (2011)
Editorial: TLAD 2011. In Proceedings TLAD 2011. 9th International Workshop on Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Databases
No abstract available.

Editorial: TLAD 2010

Conference Proceeding
Leimich, P., & Nelson, D. (2010)
Editorial: TLAD 2010. In Proceedings TLAD 2010. 8th International Workshop on Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Databases
No abstract available.

An investigation into PL/SQL Injection.

Conference Proceeding
Paterson, R. & Leimich, P. (2012)
An investigation into PL/SQL Injection. ISBN 978-0-947649-97-5
SQL injection is a common attack method used to leverage infor-mation out of a database or to compromise a company’s network. This paper investigates four injection attacks th...

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  • IntelliChair: Sitting Posture Monitoring in Ambient Intelligence