Computer forensics is the systematic inspection and analysis of a computer or other digital system for criminal investigation and misuse. A computer forensics professional needs to have a good grasp of technical and legal issues, and be able to apply those skills to practical investigation and analysis and the provision of evidence for legal or commercial use. FORC will assist the partners in the development of knowledge and appropriate practice in relation to digital crime in two main areas.
Firstly project members will conduct a survey of leading common law and civil jurisdictions, including European Union law, to provide a guide to areas which currently fall within the definition of digital crime. These range from computer based fraud to harassment through social media. FORC will evaluate the challenges which have existed in mounting criminal investigations and successful prosecutions in the countries concerned. This evaluation will draw on academic journals, official reports and statistics and any consequential adjustments made to legislation and policy. Secondly FORC will assist the partners in developing best practice in relation to the use of digital sources in criminal investigation and presentation of evidence at trial. It will consider ways in which such sources have assisted intelligence gathering and the distinguish those areas where the digital sources, including those in social networking sites, constituted criminal activity itself and those where they have provided circumstantial or identification evidence of criminal activity more generally. Areas covered will include authentication of electronic communications, the use of hearsay evidence, and evidence obtained by unauthorized official activity.
The project aims to improve the level of competences and skills of the four consortium partner universities in Palestine and Jordan by enabling them to develop sustainable integrated curricula in Forensic Computing, across the domains of Law and Technology.