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Dr Mark Scanlon

UCD Forensics and Security Research Group
Assistant Professor
“Data Analytics for Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity"

Information overload is one of the biggest problems facing professionals working in the fields of Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity. The sheer volume of cases requiring digital forensic analysis in law enforcement agencies throughout the world is outstripping the capacities of digital forensic laboratories. This has resulted in huge digital evidence backlogs becoming commonplace and cases being ruled upon in court without the inclusion of potentially pertinent information, which is sitting idle in some evidence store. As is commonly relayed in the media, the frequency of cyberattacks being faced by governments, law enforcement agencies, and industry is increasing, alongside the sophistication of the techniques used. Current rules-based network intrusion detection systems are predominantly based on historic, known threat vectors and result in a very high amount of false positive alerts being generated. Intelligent, real-time, automated data processing and event categorisation is one solution that shows great promise to combat this information overload.

Dr Mark Scanlon is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science and Director of the UCD Forensics and Security Research Group in University College Dublin. He is a Fulbright Scholar in Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Investigation, a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) in Purdue University, USA, and a Collaborator with the UCD Centre for Applied Data Analytics Research (CeADAR). His research interests include Network Anomaly Detection, Data Deduplication, Cloud Forensics, Automated Digital Forensic Evidence Analysis, Cybersecurity, and Digital Forensics Education. To date, he has published over 40 peer-reviewed international journal and conference publications in the aforementioned fields. He a member of the organisation committee for a number of key conferences including the Digital Forensics Research Workshop (DFRWS EU) and the International Conference on Digital Forensics and Cybercrime (ICDF2C), serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law and the International Journal of Digital Crime and Forensics and is an editorial board member for the Journal of Digital Investigation.


My Speakers Sessions

Tuesday, October 3