Phill is a hands-on digital forensics practitioner with wide experience of examining computer systems, phones, CCTV systems and digital devices of all kinds in a remarkable range of settings. These include war zones, ship at sea and more conventional business environments. He has worked for Arcanum Digital Forensics since 2017 when Arcanum acquired his well-established digital forensic consultancy, Phill Hatton Forensics. Prior to this he worked in Trading Standards, focusing on high tech crime from the late 90s onwards and setting up a Trading Standards digital forensics lab in 1999.
Phill was instrumental in achieving ISO17025 accreditation for the Arcanum lab in 2018 and is a UKAS Technical Assessor for computers and mobile devices.
He has Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Wales (Coleg Prifysgol Dewi Sant) and a Master of Science degree in Cyberspace Operations from the Defence Academy of the UK/Cranfield University.
He has served in the Army Reserve/Territorial Army since 1984 initially in air defence but, since 2002, in a role similar to his civilian occupation. In addition to digital forensics Phill specialises in Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) planning, Cyber Mission Assurance and the planning, execution and assessment of cyber exercises.
Phill has retained his links with the trading standards profession and is a Chartered Trading Standards Practitioner. He is still the only person to have investigated a case under the Weights and Measures Act 1984 which led to the imposition of a custodial sentence (for a £60,000 fruit and vegetable fraud).
Salma Aslam BSc (Hons), Arcanum Digital Forensics Ltd, Digital Forensics Practitioner
Salma joined Arcanum in 2018 as a Trainee Digital Forensics Technician during her placement year at Birmingham City University. By the end of her placement year Salma progressed to a Digital Forensics Technician and remained employed at Arcanum during her final year of studies of her Computer Forensics degree. After attaining a First-Class degree, she returned as a Digital Forensics Practitioner in August 2020. She has gained skills in Mobile device repairs and carries out forensic investigations of mobile devices, computers, and other digital media in support of the criminal justice system.