Interpol, ITU-IMPACT hold international digital forensics gathering in Malaysia


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Photo - Some delegates outside IMPACT headquarters in Cyberjaya, Malaysia.


More than 40 senior officials from 15 countries, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, attended digital forensics sessions held in Malaysia from 19-21 February 2014, which were conducted by Interpol, ITU-IMPACT, Stroz- Friedberg, and Nuix.

Interpol together with The International Telecommunication Union and International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (ITU-IMPACT) organised a three-day event to enhance the cyber crime investigation capabilities of law enforcement agencies, National CERT/CIRTs, regulators, and Internet service providers (ISPs) in the Asia Pacific region.

The officials, who came from 15 countries - Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Nepal, Bangladesh, Korea (DPR), Afghanistan, and Australia - learned about the current threats, processes and techniques in digital forensics investigations from Interpol, ITU-IMPACT, Stroz- Friedberg, and provider of investigation software Nuix.

The participants were also able to share the challenges they faced and lessons learnt with their counterparts and experts for useful feedbacks.  

Interpol Digital Crime Centre director, Sanjay Virmani, said, "The transnational and evolving nature of cybercrime means it is essential for all those committed to combating this crime, whether law enforcement, specialist organizations or the private sector to communicate and work together."

 Investigation and response techniques

"This workshop has provided a strong base for specialists throughout the region to enhance their knowledge and develop best practice in investigation and response techniques," said Virmani. "This will in turn assist them to better protect the public from these cyber threats in the future."

"We are confident partnerships with Interpol and the industry's leading digital forensics experts such as Nuix and Stroz Friedberg will strengthen our relationship with key stakeholders in addressing cybercrime and further enrich ITU-IMPACT's capacity building programmes to benefit our 149 partner countries," said IMPACT director, policy and international cooperation, Philip Victor.

Nuix's senior vice president of investigations training and services, Rob Attoe, said, "Nuix is investing in the global capacity to combat cyber crime by working with ITU-IMPACT and Interpol. We are dedicated to sharing our digital forensics and crime-fighting knowledge with developing countries in the ASEAN region and worldwide that face significant economic constraints in improving their cyber security readiness."

The International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) is the cybersecurity executing arm of the United Nations' specialised agency, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). ITU-IMPACT is the world's first not-for-profit comprehensive global public-private partnership against cyber threats. IMPACT, which is headquartered in Malaysia, provides ITU's 193 Member States access to expertise, facilities and resources to effectively address cyber threats, as well as assisting United Nations agencies in protecting their ICT infrastructures.

Interpol is the world's largest international police organisation, with 190 member countries.