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Ben Findlay

01642 384668
Job title:
Senior Lecturer in Computer & Digital Forensics
School of Science, Engineering & Design
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Science, Engineering and Design research

About Ben Findlay

Ben Findlay

Ben Findlay
Senior Lecturer in Computer & Digital Forensics, School of Science, Engineering & Design
T: 01642 384668
Research: Science, Engineering and Design research

Ben Findlay is a senior lecturer at Teesside University and the course leader for the Computer and Digital Forensics Bachelor’s degree programme. He also teaches on the Crime Intelligence and Data Analytics Master’s degree.

During his previous career in law enforcement, Ben worked for North Yorkshire Police (NYP) as an Investigator within the force’s Digital Forensic Unit (DFU). He has investigated a wide variety of cases, including murder, large scale fraud, child abuse, grooming, online harassment, missing persons, infanticide, dangerous driving, and also some internal investigations. He also worked actively on the DFU’s ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation, fulfilling the role of Acting Technical Manager for the final 6 months of his time with the force.

Ben has a BSc (Hons) in Applied Science and Forensic Investigation and an MSc in Digital Forensics, both from Teesside University.

Research interests

Forensic artefacts, mobile forensic investigations, cloud forensics, child protection

PhD and research opportunities

Ben is interested in supervising PhD students and/or collaborating with research in the following areas:

  • digital forensics
  • mobile forensic investigation
  • information security
  • cloud investigations
  • triage
  • reverse engineering of artefacts

External roles and professional activities

Lead assessor for Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences' Pre-Employment Assessment of Competence (PEAC) Digital scheme

Learning and teaching interests

Teesside Digital Forensics Conference (TDFCon) is a long-established, student-led international conference . It is an annual event in which students, staff and practitioners present findings of their research to an audience of peers and guests. The event features main-stage presentations, workshops and poster presentations.

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Enterprise interests

Ben acts as a consultant digital forensic practitioner, primarily to the local police forces in the North-East of England. He is open to approaches for assistance by other enforcement agencies and public sector organisations.