It is really amazing when you hear that someone was able to deceive so many people on more than 700 police cases, passing him self as a forensic scientist with a BSc and PhD, when in reality he had no qualifications. His only qualification, I would say, he had was in Social Engineering (e.g., in conning people into thinking that he is a professional).
The article goes on to point out that there is a need to certify Computer Forensic investigators and that the amount analysts/expert witnesses is increasing as more and more cases involve computers. Read more at: http://technology.guardian.co.uk/online/insideit/story/0,,2028456,00.html
This sound like great news for students studying Computer Forensics (e.g., B.Sc [Hons] Computer Forensics or M.Sc Information Security and Computer Crime) as it demonstrates the growing need for this specialised area of Forensics.
Peter Warren, The evidence mounts on the need for expert witnesses – http://technology.guardian.co.uk/online/insideit/story/0,,2028456,00.html
B.Sc [Hons] Computer Forensics – http://www.glam.ac.uk/coursedetails/685/51
M.Sc Information Security and Computer Crime – http://www.glam.ac.uk/courses/685/549