About us

Forensic Control is a London based computer forensics company providing the highest standard of technology-driven data extraction and analysis services.

We specialise in identifying, collecting, preserving and analysing digitally stored data, providing high quality, legally admissible evidence to a wide range of UK clients. Where necessary we conduct covert data collections to maintain discretion during sensitive operations. No organisation can guarantee to find the data you are looking for but if it exists, Forensic Control will find it.

Forensic Control is a privately held limited company founded by Jonathan Krause, Founder and Principal Consultant, in 2008. Our consultants operate UK-wide, and include some of the most experienced and best regarded individuals in UK computer forensics investigations. All our investigators follow the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Guidelines for Retrieving Electronic Evidence.

We’re proud to have established and maintain the preeminent library of free forensic tools which is used globally by corporations, law enforcement and educational establishments.

We provide an external independent service, with all work undertaken in accordance with Part 35 of the Civil Procedure Rules ensuring that any evidence produced is admissible in court or tribunal proceedings. Non-disclosure or similar agreements or similar can be signed to ensure the confidentiality of your information.

Clients

Forensic Control is completely client focussed, with the flexibility to respond to requests at very short notice. Our clients include law firms, financial services providers, media companies, energy companies and public sector bodies. We don’t publish client lists as client affairs are treated with the strictest confidence, but if you need further information about our capabilities, please get in touch.

Costs

Work is charged at an hourly rate plus VAT. Our rates are comparable to solicitors’ fees and it would be unusual for any investigations to take less than five hours. A basic forensic examination of a laptop or a PC (for example, recovery and presentation of particular emails or other files) served with a simple report would on average take 12-16 hours but each case is unique. Please note that payment in advance of work commencing is required if requested by individuals (that is, not registered companies or organisations). If you require a more accurate estimate then please contact us.

Founders

Jonathan Krause MA

Jonathan Krause is the Founder and a Principal Consultant at Forensic Control Limited, which he established in 2008. He has over a decade of experience in commercial and police digital forensics and fourteen years’ experience in IT security.

He began his digital forensic career with the Metropolitan Police at the Hi-Tech Crime Unit at New Scotland Yard, and has since worked for a number of commercial providers of digital forensics including BDO LLP and Barclays Bank before he set up Forensic Control.

Recent cases include:-

* Providing evidence that a Chief Executive of an organisation had defrauded his employer
* Investigation discovering that a ex-employee had stolen important company information before leaving which he then used to set up a rival company
* Showed that an IT administrator had secretly been selling company equipment on eBay for a number of years

Contact Jonathan at jonathan.krause@forensiccontrol.com


Dr Serra Pitts BSc (Hons), MSc, PsychD, MBPsS

Serra Pitts is a forensic psychoanalyst with a background in psychopathology and criminology. Her training includes the areas of criminal justice, victimology, personality disorder and crisis intervention. She has worked for the California Department of Corrections in the prison system and was recruited by one of the primary entities in the global intelligence community. Her expertise has been sought to evaluate prospective employees against the security of highly sensitive information. She has worked with businesses to conduct corporate risk assessments with consideration of personnel access to and use of sensitive data, as well as evaluate psychological stability and social interaction.

Contact Serra at serra.pitts@forensiccontrol.com

Principal Consultants

Bob Carrigan MSyl MIEEE

Bob Carrigan has over 35 years’ operational and investigative experience who during his last four years of police service ran the Strathclyde Police, CID Special Operations Technical Support Unit developing and supplying a very high level of covert technical surveillance, as well as technical analysis in video, audio and digital fields. He has given evidence in criminal and civil proceedings on numerous occasions as an expert witness particularly in the field of video evidence.

He was previously a member of a national working party on Digital Evidence in the Criminal Justice System at the Home Office – Police Scientific Development Branch (PSDB). He is a qualified computer and mobile phone forensics analyst having successfully completed training with Guidance Software of Pasadena, California, USA in use of their EnCase software having completed courses at introductory, intermediate, advanced and expert levels. He was the UK technical and forensics manager with the Federation Against Copyright Theft and has a broad knowledge of brand protection and intellectual property theft, optical disc piracy and technology and piracy issues generally.

Contact Bob at bob.carrigan@forensiccontrol.com


Charles S Davies

Charles Davies has thirty years experience as a police officer. For twenty years he was a detective on both Major Crime investigations (including cases of murder, kidnap, fraud and forgeries) and in an High-Tech Crime Unit conducting digital forensic examinations for many different types of crime. Since leaving the police in 2008 Simon has worked as a computer forensic consultant and has carried out digital investigations concerning international drug trafficking, fraud, IP theft and identity theft.

Charles is trained in a wide number of digital forensic areas including for the examination of mobile phones and other devices and in leading forensic tools such as EnCase and FTK.

Contact Charles at charles.s.davies@forensiccontrol.com


Nigel Pugh MA (Criminology)

Nigel Pugh served for 30 years with Humberside Police, the last nine of which he was a Detective Inspector where he directed investigations in the Fraud Unit and was head of the Hi-Tech Crime Unit. Nigel is a registered Expert Witness with over 15 years’ experience of both managing and conducting computer forensic investigations still regularly undertakes assignments for a variety of law enforcement bodies including medical and financial regulators. Nigel’s recent casework examples include the rebuilding of web pages to prove defamation of character, recovery of legal document fragments over seven years old, intellectual property theft, false accounting, possession of illegal images, handling stolen property, breach of acceptable use policies, harassment by email and High Court Litigation.

Contact Nigel at nigel.pugh@forensiccontrol.com


Dr Nick Sharples BSc (Hons) DPhil

Nick Sharples graduated from Sussex University before obtaining a D.Phil. in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. A founding member of the Network Lab (part of the Software-Systems research group) he worked in software-development before becoming involved in computer forensics.

Nick has investigated cases involving child-protection, murder, credit-card fraud, eBay fraud, producing false documents, people trafficking, missing-persons, stolen vehicles, account takeover, phishing, hacking and drug-trafficking. He has travelled internationally to assist in high-tech criminal investigations and to provide training to law-enforcement. He regularly appears as an expert witness in criminal trials including giving evidence at the High Court. An expert programmer, he also develops software for computer forensic investigations.

Contact Nick at nick.sharples@forensiccontrol.com


Alastair Tewarrie

Alastair is a research intern who will also be contributing articles as a guest blogger to the Forensic Control website covering insider threat and the information security domain. He has experiences of operational policing and investigations within Hi-Tech Crime & Cyber Units. He is in the final phase of his MSc Information Security research degree at the University of Oxford and is currently writing his dissertation on ‘Cyber-crime analysis into threats and UK Security Strategy’.

Contact Alastair at alastair.tewarrie@forensiccontrol.com


Dr Sam Type BSc (Hons) DPhil

After graduating, Sam Type went on to attain a D.Phil. in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence before being awarded a research contract at Sussex University.

A computer forensic investigator since 2002, she has undertaken cases nationally and locally including those involving child-protection, murder, credit-card fraud, eBay-fraud, producing false documents, people trafficking, missing-persons, sham-marriages, stolen vehicles, account takeover and drug-trafficking. She has travelled internationally to consult on high-tech crime investigations, including Operation Alpine, and she has appeared all over the country as an expert witness in criminal trials, including Operation Ore. She is on the National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA) database of Expert Advisors.

Contact Sam at sam.type@forensiccontrol.com


Dr Nigel Young MA (Cantab.) MMath PhD CEng MBCS CIPD MIMA FAE FCIArb

Nigel Young is a mathematician with a background in the development of technical and commercial computer systems. He has acted as an expert witness in civil and criminal cases since 1995. As a former Chairman of The Academy of Experts he contributed to Government discussions on the future of forensic and expert evidence.

In civil cases he has acted in inter-company and employment disputes, often with an IP element. He is a qualified arbitrator and so able to assist where parties wish to pursue private dispute resolution. He has acted in criminal cases of fraud, counterfeiting, murder, abduction, stalking and illegal images, often re-examining forensic evidence and prosecution arguments on behalf of the defence.

Contact Nigel at nigel.young@forensiccontrol.com


If you are interested in becoming an associate of Forensic Control and have similar (or greater) experience than above then we would be happy to hear from you info@forensiccontrol.com