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Professor Sarah Morris

Professor Sarah Morris

Professor

Research interests

  • Data Recovery
  • Digital Forensics
  • Crime Scene Investigations

More research

Accepting applications from PhD students.

About

Overview: Professor Sarah Morris has over 14 years of experience in complex technical digital forensic investigations.  Sarah is currently based within the Cyber Security group in the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. Sarah is focused on Digital Forensic Investigations and Exploitation, a field devoted to the digital analysis of a variety of digital devices for any investigative scenario. This includes (but is not limited to) digital forensics, incident response, intelligence operations, open-source intelligence, civil proceedings, and corporate investigations. Sarah is focused on binary level analysis where appropriate and has a broad and deep technical skillset.

Media: As a well-known Digital Investigation practitioner and academic, she has given many interviews across TV, radio, and print formats. Her media engagements have included: BBC Radio 4 (Facebook live and live radio event), BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4 pre-records, HR Knowledge Bank, The Engineer, and BCS Now. Sarah was also the academic chosen to provide her views on education for the digital forensic focused special issue of the Police Professional magazine in 2019. In 2020, Sarah worked with CNN on an exclusive investigation, providing document analysis for an exclusive Covid related story. 

Casework: Sarah is casework active , focusing on Digital Investigations. She also performs complex data/document recovery and general consultancy, including ISO accreditation reviewers for organisations on request. She has worked on both civil and criminal investigations across a wide sphere of devices and operations. Sarah has worked with a variety of clients, including Civil, Criminal, Corporate, and Celebrity. Her most famous case involved the recovery of data from a smart washing machine. 

Esteem: Sarah gave oral evidence at the House of Lords as part of a Select Committee inquiry into Forensic Science (2018). In 2018 she was also the only academic shortlisted for the Women in Defence Awards. Sarah has also won 4 teaching awards in her time at Cranfield University.

In 2021, Sarah's experience in Digital Forensics Casework, Research and Academia led to her being appointed to the Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group (BFEG), a non-departmental public body sponsored by the home office.