Norwich University has named Huw Read, Ph.D., associate professor and director of Norwich University’s Center for Advanced Computing and Digital Forensics, beginning fall 2015.
Read began his academic career as a research assistant in 2004 working on improving tools for digital forensics. After obtaining his Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of Glamorgan (now University of South Wales), Read went on to become a lecturer, later a senior lecturer and course leader specializing in computer forensics at the University of Glamorgan in the United Kingdom.
Read has authored and co-authored a number of research papers to conferences and journals in the areas of computer forensics and computer security. He has worked closely with the government and military sectors in the UK and enjoys relating the research challenges encountered during consultancy work back to the classroom for his students’ benefit.
“I find the areas of forensic science, the law, and their application to the digital realm fascinating, especially when applied to potential presentation of findings in a court of law,” Read said. “I enjoy the challenge of not just identifying evidence on a suspect system, but trying to understand their actions rippling out from a core digital epicenter across the cyberrealm.”
Citing Norwich students as his main motivation for coming to the university, Read said he was “bowled over by their enthusiasm and their love of the subject.
Norwich University operates its own private cloud computing resource where students use the most up-to-date technology to solve real-world problems.
“I look forward to encouraging them towards their goals, and I hope to learn new things from them, too.”
“Digital forensics and investigations is a critical feature of our Computer Security program; one that sets us apart from most other programs,” College of Professional Schools Dean Aron Temkin said. “Exceptional scholars in this area are rare, and so we are fortunate to have found someone with Huw’s enthusiasm and experience to carry forward the great work initiated by the center’s founding director.”
Ranked No. 2 by the Ponemon Institute for cyber security in the United States, Norwich University programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cyber security education. Norwich University is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and has received designation as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3). Beginning in 2002, Norwich University became a member of what is now called National Science Foundation’s Cyber Corps: Scholarship for Service program. Norwich recently announced it has officially partnered with the United States Army Reserves (USAR) to develop cybereducation curricula that align with federal standards and cyber security needs.
Norwich offers a bachelor of science in computer security and information assurance (BSCSIA) with concentrations in cyber forensics and advanced information assurance. Graduates of that program have gone on to careers at NSA, DHS, the Defense Department, federal law enforcement and private sector organizations such as Booz Allen, among others.
In keeping with growing demand for cybersecurity professionals across all sectors of society, over the past four years this undergraduate program has grown by 66% from 79 students to 120. Likewise, Norwich has another 125+ students in its online cybersecurity programs – a Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance and a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity.
Norwich University has been at the forefront of cybersecurity issues since the late 1990s, and today builds the tools to defend critical infrastructures through cybergaming. Norwich consistently graduates students who are hired upon completion of its cybersecurity curriculum.