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Cranfield University has established a strategic partnership with experienced digital forensic practitioners CCL Solutions Group, as it continues to develop its new state-of-the-art forensic science education and research centre in Bedfordshire.

CCL has worked with Cranfield Forensic Institute (CFI) to provide guidance on the structure and content of a new MSc in Digital Forensics, providing the potential to position the course as the leading digital forensics degree in the UK.

CCL is also developing collaborative research proposals with Cranfield to address emerging issues and opportunities in digital forensics.

Over 90% of crime is now recognised as having a digital element and the UK Government has stated that digital forensic science sits at the heart of delivering justice in the 21st century, spanning the entire criminal justice system from crime scene to courtroom.

The new MSc will seek to address the academically orientated operational needs of UK policing and serious skills shortage of educated and trained individuals in the field to fill digital forensic positions and support the UK’s criminal justice system.

Professor Andrew Shortland, director of Cranfield Forensic Institute, said:

“We’re very pleased to be working together with CCL in our teaching and research activities. Our strategic partnership will mean students are taught by practitioners and researchers working at the forefront of digital forensics, providing exposure to the latest developments and challenges.

“As digital forensics becomes one of the most critical fields within forensic science, the Digital Forensics MSc at Cranfield University is more important now than it has ever been.

“Exposure to up-to-date research targeted at addressing current real-world problems means that students will not just be academically prepared to enter the digital forensics field, but practically prepared for it too.”

Cranfield Defence and Security Services Ltd., a commercial trading entity of Cranfield University, has also formed a new partnership with specialist cyber security provider CYSIAM to deliver short courses aimed at global law enforcement, military and security services.

The training courses, led by expert practitioners will focus on the technical and procedural skills required to conduct operational forensics and investigations on all types of digital platforms, from mobile phones to networks and drones.

Simon Harwood, managing director of Cranfield Defence and Security Services Ltd, said:

“Digital forensics is an ‘in-demand’ skill and we are delighted to partner with CYSIAM to bring operational experience to our portfolio of defence and security education and research.”