Costas Patsakis, LOCARD coordinator, attended the International Security Expo 2019 in London and fostered interesting dicussions on how digital forensics, blockchain or artificial intelligence could improve the collection and documentation of every digital evidence.
Cybercrime is a risk for any society, weakens confidence in Information and Communication technologies and threatens international peace and stability. Cyber-attacks are behind several military conflicts and political disagreements, and millions of attacks on computer systems and security incidents take place every day.
Therefore, cybercrime is one of the primary concerns of governments, societies and individuals, as beyond other damages, its estimated cost in the European Union is in the scale of 15 billion euros per year with an ever-increasing trend.
This was highlighted last November at the UNESCO Internet Governance Forum, where President Emmanuel Macron launched the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace which now, after a year has the support of 74 states, 24 public authorities and local governments, 333 organizations and members of civil society and 608 companies and private sector entities.
Last 13-15 November, the eCrime 2019 looked at the operational challenges and development of common resources and best practices for first responders and forensic professionals. The conference dived into current research projects and future areas of interest for cybercrime investigations, forensic techniques and infrastructure defense, including our peer-reviewed cybercrime published paper program with the IEEE-SA.
Congratulations to EEMA for organizing the ISSE 2019 two days Conference in Brussels where LOCARD could join the most respected and succesful European public and private companies related to cybersecurity, privacy, identity and cloud.
Tom highlighted the need to standardise forensics procedures as a crucial step to produce high quality reports and explained the Directive 2014/41 and the European Investigation Order (EIO) as an intrument to replace the existing legal framework to the gathering and transfer of evidence between the member states.
The LOCARD_EU project will innovate in key areas such as mobile forensics, cloud forensics, copyright infringement, unification of digital forensics procedures and blockchain. All these topics have been highlighted in the presentation made by Pablo López-Aguilar, from APWG.eu during the three-days IISA 2019 conference in Patras, Greece.
Standardise the process used in the preparation and generation of digital forensic reports is a crucial step towards producing high quality reports. It will encourage digital forensic best practices and facilitate sharing and admissibility of reports across jurisdictions.
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