Division of Cyber Security, Abertay University
Dr. Ferguson gained his PhD in Software Engineering from the University of Sunderland in 1998. His work on engineering mobile agent environments lead to an interest in mobile computing and context aware systems. Between 2000 and 2010 at the University of Strathclyde, in the Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing Group of Smartlab, he successfully supervised 5 PhDs on networks of distributed or mobile agents. These experiences lead to an interest in digital forensic readiness and funded projects looking at security issues in public access networks. Other funded research included a £30K Microsoft project looking at agent mobility.
At Abertay University (where he leads the Security Research Group) his work concentrates on the application of software tools to cybersecurity particularly the use of data-visualisation techniques to aid security incident awareness and digital forensic investigation. This has resulted in 6 successful PhDs and 4 current supervisions. Funded research includes two SICSA funded PhDs (£72K), two R-LINCS PhD studentships (£72K) in cybersecurity, and a SIPR award of £50K to perform a review of the international policing response to cybercrime. He has recently led the successful bid to attract the £11M cyberQuarter KE project to Abertay.
Dr Ferguson has published 54 papers, is a programme committee member of Cyberforensics, the International Conference on Cybercrime, Security and Digital Forensics, and provides Expert Witness consultancy in the digital forensics area to various defence solicitors. He is also a Committee member of the BCS SIG in Digital Forensics.