Head of Digital Forensics, Birmingham City University
Peter Sommer has been providing computer-related expert witness and digital forensic services since 1985, though the practice only began to pick up in 1995. His criminal instructions have included not only the obvious “hacking” and “cyber fraud” cases but also terrorism, harassment, corruption, child sexual exploitation, financial services abuses, software and IP piracy and murder. A number of these have made headlines and a few have altered the way in which these crimes were subsequently investigated and charged. A number also have been very complex and presented challenges in case management. Civil instructions have included theft of trade secrets/breach of confidence, Internet-based defamation, theft of software code, IP/copyright breach, employment disputes and computer contract disputes. Again, a number of these have set precedents. As an academic Peter Sommer teaches information system security, digital investigations and digital forensics, but his first degree is in law and this enables him to provide uniquely focused services to lawyers and investigators. Peter Sommer is Professor of Digital Forensics at Birmingham City University, a Visiting Professor at de Montfort University, has developed courses for the Open University and examined and guest-lectured at many other Universities. He is a former Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science.