Abu Dhabi Leads the Way in Cyber CSI

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Digital forensics has come to play an important role in solving crimes as many criminals employ the Internet and digital devices in carrying out their illegal acts.

“Almost every crime that you can think of has some sort of digital evidence in it at this point,” said Dr. Ibrahim Bagilli, assistant professor and director of the Advanced Cyber Forensics Research at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, told Khaleej Times.

While announcing the launch of the second International Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering Conference on Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime last week, Bagilli explained how digital forensics help in law enforcement, network security and information 
assurance.

“Let’s say you want to shoot someone, you search for a gun (online) and when we get your computer, we can relate that to the crime,” he said.

The ICDF2C event, which concluded yesterday, highlighted issues such as financial crimes, digital forensic process, training and education, law, multimedia forensics, forensic standardization and accreditation, cyber crime investigations, cyber criminal psychology, cyber terrorism, and software piracy investigations.

“We hope that by bringing in the international community [to the conference], we can get a bigger perspective on some of these larger issues,” Bagilli said.

Key speakers at the conference included Paul B. Kurtz, managing partner at Good Harbor Consulting, and Dr. Marcus Rogers, director of the Cyber Forensics Program at Purdue University.

Bob Chandler, head of the Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services at Ernst & Young, emphasized the importance of keeping up with the developments in technology in fraud investigation.

“Given the use of technology in business … more and more frequently, key evidence is buried somewhere in vast volumes of data. Thus, it becomes critical to be able to find it using processes that maintain its integrity,” he was quoted as saying by Khaleej Times.

Zayed University hosted the conference in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Ministry of Interior and Ernst & Young. The conference was first held in New York last year.

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