Rich Macfarlane

Biography

Rich Macfarlane has been a Lecturer in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University since 2009, playing a key role in the creation and development of the GCHQ certified MSc Advanced Security and Digital Forensics course (http://www.napier.ac.uk/courses/msc-advanced-security-and-digital-forensics-postgraduate-fulltime), and the creation and ongoing work engaging with industry, and law enforcement within the Cyber Academy here at Napier (http://thecyberacademy.org).

Working within the Centre for Networking, Distributed Computing and Security research group, and focussed on teaching and research in the areas of Computer and Network Security, Pen Testing, Digital Forensic Triage, Cloud Computing, and Online teaching and E-learning. Rich has developed and taught on almost all of the UG and PG cyber security modules here at Napier, with a current focus on Pentesting and Network Security. Recent research in digital forensic triage techniques has led to a ground breaking Forensic spin-out company Cyan Forensics (cyanforensics.com).

Rich is a Senoir Teaching Fellow of HEA, and has played a key part in developing an online teaching platform vSOC which provides students with online virtualised practical learning environments, providing student centered, authentic teaching and learning in cyber security and digital investigations.

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Student perception of on-line lectures with a blended learning environment.

Conference Proceeding
Buchanan, W. J., Macfarlane, R. & Ludwiniak, R. (2010)
Student perception of on-line lectures with a blended learning environment
Educational institutions are increasingly moving towards enhancing learning through the use of integrated information technology. Blended, or augmented, learning, aims to supp...

Evaluation of the DFET Cloud.

Presentation / Conference
Buchanan, W. J., Ramsay, B., Macfarlane, R., Smales, A., Keane, E., Callahan, C., …Popov, O. (2015, September)
Evaluation of the DFET Cloud. Paper presented at Cybercrime Forensics Education and Training (CFET) conference, Canterbury
The DFET (Digital Forensics Evaluation and Training) Cloud creates new training methods/techniques to support judicial authorities, law enforcement agencies and associated sta...

Evaluating Digital Forensic Tools (DFTs).

Conference Proceeding
Flandrin, F., Buchanan, W. J., Macfarlane, R., Ramsay, B. & Smales, A. (2013)
Evaluating Digital Forensic Tools (DFTs). In 7th International Conference : Cybercrime Forensics Education & TrainingISBN 9781909067158
This paper outlines the key methods used in the evaluation of digital forensics tools.

Teaching penetration and malware analysis in a cloud-based environment.

Presentation / Conference
Buchanan, W. J., Ramsay, B., Macfarlane, R., Smales, A., & Russell, G. (2015, June)
Teaching penetration and malware analysis in a cloud-based environment. Paper presented at UK Workshop on Cybersecurity Training & Education, Liverpool
This paper outlines evaluation of running a private Cloud-based system over two semesters at Edinburgh Napier University for two modules: Security Testing and Advanced Network...

A forensic image description language for generating test images.

Conference Proceeding
Russell, G., Macfarlane, R. & Ludwiniak, R. (2011)
A forensic image description language for generating test images. In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Cybercrime Forensics Education & TrainingISBN 978-1-899253-94-4
Digital Forensics is a fast developing job market, as well as being topical and interesting, and as such is an area in which University students are keen to develop and study....

D-FET – A community cloud for enhancing skills using virtualised environments and cloud-based infrastructures.

Presentation / Conference
Buchanan, W. J., & Macfarlane, R. (2011, June)
D-FET – A community cloud for enhancing skills using virtualised environments and cloud-based infrastructures. Paper presented at Scottish Higher Education Employability Conference: Strengthening Partnerships with Employers, Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh
The use of virtualised and cloud-based environments provide an excellent opportunity to enhance learning and to provide students with skills which match exactly to the require...

Embedding programming skills to support the student journey in networking, security and digital forensics.

Presentation / Conference
Lawson, A., & Macfarlane, R. (2014, April)
Embedding programming skills to support the student journey in networking, security and digital forensics. Paper presented at HEA STEM Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2014: Enhancing the STEM Student Journey, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
The development of programming skills by Networking graduates, and Security and Digital Forensics graduates is highly sought after by employers, both in industry, and in acade...

A methodology to evaluate rate-based intrusion prevention system against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS).

Conference Proceeding
Buchanan, W. J., Flandrin, F., Macfarlane, R. & Graves, J. (2010)
A methodology to evaluate rate-based intrusion prevention system against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS). In Cyberforensics 2011
This paper defines a methodology for the evaluation of a Rate-based Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) for a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) threat. This evaluation system...

Cloud-based digital forensics evaluation test (D-FET) platform.

Presentation / Conference
Buchanan, W. J., Macfarlane, R., Flandrin, F., Graves, J., Fan, L., Ekonomou, E., …Ludwiniak, R. (2011, June)
Cloud-based digital forensics evaluation test (D-FET) platform. Paper presented at Cyberforensics 2011, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
This paper outlines the specification of the Cloud-based DFET platform which is used to evaluate the performance of digital forensics tools, which aim to detect the presence o...

Cloud Forensics.

Presentation / Conference
Buchanan, W. J., Macfarlane, R., Graves, J., Fan, L., Ekonomou, E., & Bose, N. (2012, March)
Cloud Forensics. Paper presented at International Seminar on Policing Digital Crime, Netherlands
This presentation outlines the usage of digital forensics in the Cloud.

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