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Last September 21st, Tom Dasaklis presented our project at the 4th South-East Europe Design Automation, Computer Engineering, Computer Networks and Social Media Conference at the University of Piraeus, Greece.

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.

South-East Europe Design Automation, Computer Engineering, Computer Networks and Social Media Conference 1

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.

IISA 2019 presentation

LOCARD was presented by Pablo López-Aguilar at the Fourth APWG.eu Annual Symposium on Cybersecurity Awareness (Awareness IV) that took place last June 26 - 27 aimed at mediating the exchange of best practices for cybersecurity awareness campaign deployment at the national and transnational levels.

Awareness IV Bucharest’s objectives are to establish strategies for cybersecurity awareness with the development of messaging tools as a form of cybercrime prevention – and to present resources for deployment of national and globalized cybersecurity awareness campaigns.

Symposium on Cybersecurity Awareness

On May 9 - 10, 19 partners from different disciplines met in Athens to start working together in the fight against cybercrime. Working for a safer Europe is a priority!

LOCARD Kick-off Meeting

The exponential increase in the volume of generated data together with the systems decentralisation open a wide window of opportunity in the field of cybercrime. This is one of the most important concerns of governments, societies and people, and it implies a high expense and risk for any society, weakens confidence in the Communication and Information Technologies and threatens international peace and stability.

In its fight against cybercrime, one of the most difficult challenges for the European Union is to homogenise the jurisdictions of the Member States. The procedure needed to obtain digital evidence, as well as its recognition in a court of justice, should follow a standardised procedure accepted by most countries within the Union. This procedure should guarantee the origin of the evidence and the integrity of the chain of custody.

Digital evidence is nowadays an integral part of criminal investigations and it is not only focussed on cybercrime specific cases, but also on determining criminal behaviour such as financial fraud, theft of intellectual property, industrial espionage and terrorist networks that constantly use the Internet and cyberspace. Given the ubiquity of digital devices, the correct management of digital evidence is extremely important.

LOCARD aims to develop a holistic platform aimed at ensuring the chain of custody throughout the flow of forensic analysis. It is a distributed and trusted platform that allows the storage of digital evidence metadata using blockchain.

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