David Benford

Position: Associate Lecturer (Cybercrime and Digital Forensics)

College: College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences

Department: Law, Criminology and Social Sciences

Subject area: Criminology

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Associate Lecturer (Cybercrime and Digital Forensics)

Research interests

  • Cyber-threats,
  • geographic data generated by digital devices,
  • online safety and privacy,
  • modification of evidence on mobile phones,
  • threats derived from social media.

Membership of professional bodies

First Forensic Forum (F3.org.uk)


  • MSc Forensic Computing & Security, University of Derby

Recent publications

  • Lallie H.S., Benford D., (2012), Challenging the Reliability of iPhone Geo-Tags, The International Journal of Forensic Computer Science [Accepted January 2012] Publication date to be announced soon.

Recent conferences


Additional interests and activities

Running, Music, Trustee of Cystinosis Foundation UK. I am regularly engaged to speak about cyber-crime, cyber-threats and digital forensics.

Experience in industry

I am an cyber-threat and digital forensic specialist at Blackstage Forensics Limited, Derbyshire.

In the media

Many radio interviews on cyber-crime related issues for BBC Radio.

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