Eur Ing Samantha Raincock BSc (Hons), MSc, CISSP, CCE, MEWI, MBCS, CEng MIET is principal scientist for SRC and as well as being Director, she works as a digital forensics consultant/expert witness, trainer and IT Security specialist. She has produced over 350 reports/statements and opinions in digital evidence cases for Courts in the UK and Ireland including cases heard in the Old Bailey and Central Criminal Court/Combined Court in Dublin. This includes cases which are criminal, civil and family matters including working as a joint expert. She has provided verbal testimony in England (Crown and Magistrate) and in Ireland (Criminal Court) and conducted a considerable number of case conferences with barristers including Queens' Counsels and Senior Counsels.
In the IT security field, Sam has an interest in the breadth of the area. However, she particularly specialises in forensics (and preventing issues in corporate environments), the effective use of encryption, creation and strengthening of security policies as well as information management system implementation and auditing (including ISO 27001). She also provides security assessments for legal cases sometimes involving making assessments of attributing particular actions to person(s) and in the process of this has evaluated the policies and procedures of a number of large organisations.
Prior to working in forensics and security, Sam worked in various software engineering roles developing software using a variety of programming languages (Java, perl, PHP, C++, Matlab). Her masters was in assessing the quality of 3D imagery displayed on autostereoscopic (3D) display systems . Sam is able to apply her previous programming knowledge to produce scripts, programs and logical techniques to assist within a case investigation.
Sam currently has the following qualifications:
Sam was a Registered Forensic Practitioner with the government funded Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners (CRFP). She was registered in the expert witness categories of Telecommunications (handset examination and call data) and Computer data evaluation and was also an Assessor for Registration in these categories when the register closed.
Training, research and CPD are important and a continuous process with Sam completing at least 50 hours of CPD per year. Sam has received training up to advanced/expert series training in the use of Forensic Toolkit and EnCase, instruction in implementing and auditing ISO 27001, IT security training, education in computer hacking and security incident response and training provided by Bond Solon in providing expert testimony in court.
Sam provides lectures and talks throughout the UK and Ireland including being a guest lecturer and providing assessments in computer and telecommunications forensics at the University of West Scotland between 2007 - 2010.
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