Hawkins’ 2019 London CPD Event

On 3rd October, Hawkins welcomed over a hundred guests to the distinguished Trinity House, minutes from our London Office, for our annual CPD and drinks event. Hawkins’ Managing Director, Dr Andrew Moncrieff, introduced the two speakers for the evening, noting how Hawkins has expanded from established expertise in fire investigation to include many different disciplines and engineers from all over the world.

Digital Forensics Presentation

Erin LeMaster, a Digital Forensic Examiner from Hawkins’ Cambridge Office, began the evening’s presentations with her talk: Introducing Digital Forensics: Don’t Forget the Electronic Evidence. Erin has a degree in Digital Forensics from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, and has previously worked with digital evidence in devices such as laptops, mobile phones, automobile engine control units, and even FitBits. Her presentation informed everyone about the growing ‘Internet of Things,’ which includes data being collected and stored in everything from smart watches to smart refrigerators. Her comments on business email compromise, and the tactics some hackers use to phish for data--and ultimately money--inspired a challenging question from the audience about how banks will prepare to reimburse companies who have lost money in the future, and how much security is needed to combat these attacks.

Flooding PowerPoint Presentation

Hydrologist, Richard Keightley of Hawkins’ London Office, gave the second talk of the evening titled: Flooding: Forensic Investigation and Prospects for Recovery. Richard has a degree in Physical Geography and Environmental Studies from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. He gave an illuminating talk on the probabilities of flooding, as well as who is required to make sure proper anti-flooding measures are in place to protect a property before a storm. Richard also de-mystified the statistics behind headlines that sensationalise the chances of a large flooding event. The, ‘largest flood an area has ever seen’ can absolutely happen several years in a row. But when it comes to flooding, it’s best always to have preparations in place, especially in areas such as basements, as well as ensuring that drains, culverts and pumps are never blocked. Trust a hydrologist for flood predictions, rather than the headlines.

After the CPD portion of the evening, guests enjoyed networking, drinks and canapes, while a caricature artist entertained with amusing presentations of her own. We would like to thank everyone who was able to join us and make the evening such a resounding success. We are already looking forward to next year’s event. 

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