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School of Computing Science and Engineering

Dr Robert Hegarty

Senior Lecturer Cyber Security

Biography

I am an experienced cyber security researcher, with an established track record of working with law enforcement agencies from around the region (Liverpool Police High Tech Unit, Cheshire Constabulary eForensics, Greater Manchester Police, TITAN Regional Organised Crime Unit) and overseas (Abu Dhabi & Kuwait) in a variety of capacities providing; consulting, research and development, training etc.

As part of my PhD I developed a novel distributed file signature detection platform to make possible the processing of cloud scale data in digital forensic investigations.  Upon completion of my PhD, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Liverpool John Moores University, collaboration with Cheshire Constabulary on the European ECentre project to research and develop software to capture, analyse, and visualise relationships in online social networks. After my work as postdoctoral researcher, I completed a brief stint at the University of Salford as a visiting lecturer, delivering the Information Security and Practice module as part of the MSc programme. This was followed by 6 years at Manchester Metropolitan University, working as a senior lecture and course leader delivering undergraduate, postgraduate, and degree level apprenticeship programmes in cyber security. My current research interests are file signature detection, digital forensics, cyber security and privacy; https://tinyurl.com/rhgooglescholar

Teaching

  • Cyber Security
  • Digital Forensics
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  • Privacy
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  • Python
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  • Linux

Research Interests

Security, Privacy and Digital Forensics in emerging technologies e.g. Cloud Computing, Fog Computing, IoT, etc.

Developing visualisation techniques to; Enhance the security of emerging technologies, Identify new approaches to investigating cyber enabled crime, Raise awareness of privacy issues and make the case for increased digital privacy.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • PhD Cyber Investigations
  • MSc Computer Network Security
  • BSc Software Engineering
  • PGCE

Publications

 

Detection of advanced persistent threat using machine-learning correlation analysis Ghafir, I and Hammoudeh, M and Prenosil, V and Han, L and Hegarty, RC and Rabie, K and Aparicio-Navarro, F (2018) Detection of advanced persistent threat using machine-learning correlation analysis. Future Generation Computer Systems, 89. pp. 349-359. ISSN 0167-739X , (2018) 

 

Mohsin, J. K ; Hegarty, R. C..; Han, L.; Hammoudeh, M., Two Factor Vs Multi-factor, an Authentication Battle in Mobile Cloud Computing Environments, Proceedings of the International Conference on Future Networks and Distributed Systems, (2017)

Moffat, S.; Hegarty, R. C.; Hammoudeh, M. A Survey on Ciphertext-Policy Attribute-based Encryption (CP-ABE) Approaches to Data Security on Mobile Devices and its Application to IoT, International Conference on Future Networks and Distributed Systems (2017)

R.Hegarty, J.Haggerty, “SlackStick: Signature-Based File Identification for Live Digital Forensics Examinations”, 2015 European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference, Manchester, (2015)

HAGGERTY, J., HUGHES-ROBERTS, T. and HEGARTY, R., (2015). Hobson’s choice: security and privacy permissions in Android and iOS devices. In: T. TRYFONAS and I. ASKOXYLAKIS, eds., Human aspects of information security, privacy and trust: Proceedings of the Third International Conference, HAS 2015, held as part of HCI International 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2-7 August 2015. Lecture notes in computer science (2190). Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 506-516. ISBN 9783319203751

Hegarty, D.Lamb, A.Attwood, "Digital Evidence Challenges in the Internet of Things" in Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Digital Forensics & Incident Analysis (WDFIA), Plymouth, (2014).

Hegarty, M. Merabti, Q. Shi, and R. Askwith, “Scalable Distributed Signature Detection,” in Proceedings of the 7th International Workshop on Digital Forensics & Incident Analysis (WDFIA), Crete, (2012).

 

 

R. Hegarty, M. Merabti, Q. Shi, and R. J. Askwith, “A Signature Detection Scheme for Distributed Storage,” in 6th International Annual Workshop on Digital Forensics & Incident Analysis (WDFIA 2011), London, (2011).

 

R. Hegarty, M. Merabti, Q. Shi, and R. Askwith, “Forensic Analysis of Distributed Service Oriented Computing Platforms,” in PGNet 2011 12th Postgraduate Symposium on the Convergence of Telecommunications, Networking and Broadcasting, Liverpool, (2011).

M. Taylor, J. Haggerty, D. Gresty, and R. Hegarty, “Digital evidence in cloud computing systems,” Computer Law & Security Review, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 304–308, May (2010).

R. Hegarty, M. Merabti, Q. Shi, and R. Askwith, “Pre-emptive File Signature Creation for Digital Forensics,” in PGNet 2010 11th Postgraduate Symposium on the Convergence of Telecommunications, Networking and Broadcasting, Liverpool, (2010).

R. Hegarty, M. Merabti, Q. Shi, and R. Askwith, “Forensic Analysis of Distributed Data in a Service Oriented Computing Platform,” in PGNet 2009 10th Postgraduate Symposium on the Convergence of Telecommunications, Networking and Broadcasting, Liverpool, (2009).

Hegarty, R. and Haggerty, J. (2015) ‘Extrusion detection of illegal files in cloud-based systems’, Int. J. Space-Based and Situated Computing, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp.150–158. (2014)

Full list - https://tinyurl.com/rhgooglescholar