• Cranfield University, 2009-2015, Lecturer in Forensic Computing.    
  • Cranfield University, 2006 – 2009, PhD, Assessing the Reliability of Digital Evidence from Live Investigations Involving Encryption.
  • University of Glamorgan, 2005 – 2006, MSc Information Security and Computer Crime. 
  • University of Bristol, 1999 - 2002, BSc Computer Science.

Current activities

Dr Chris Hargreaves is the Founder and Director of HARGS Solutions Ltd specialising in digital forensics research, education, and consultancy, and is a visiting lecturer at the Cranfield Forensic Institute. He has a variety of research interests which include:

•   Timeline analysis

•   Visualisations for digital forensics

•   Encrypted evidence

•   Live investigations

•   Internet history reconstruction

•   Triage approaches

•   Future challenges for digital forensics. 


Chris was previously the course director of the MSc in Forensic Computing at Cranfield University and has continued to teach on several of the post-graduate modules on the MSc in Digital Forensics. This includes the modules: Digital Crime and Investigation, Forensic Computing Foundations, Internet Forensics, Network Forensics, Mac OS X Forensics, Forensic Computing Using Open Source Tools, Advanced Forensics.

Chris also supervises full and part-time MSc research projects, and past project topics have included: Internet Explorer InPrivate Browsing, Windows 7 Jumplists, Zeitgeist databases on Linux systems, Cloud Forensics, Peer to Peer Forensics, and Versioning on Mac OS X.

Chris has previously written monthly columns for Forensic Focus and has presented to the Wiltshire BCS on the topic of Forensic Computing Research. Chris is part of the Technical Program Committee for The Annual Workshop on Digital Forensics and Incident Analysis and on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Digital Investigation.

Chris has worked on several research projects, including co-investigator on the EPSRC funded project Making Sense which involved the development of an automated timeline analysis tool for digital forensics.


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