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Rational of the Project

The importance and needs for development in information technology and communication (ICT) skills have been recognized as one of the key priorities to support the economic progression for both Palestine and Jordan. These studies also show that, the ICT sector mainly depends on the human resources, and it needs to continuously grow in products and services provided to businesses, government, and households. This grow is essential to the local economy of both countries, ICT alone contributes to the GDP with an estimate of 8%, while employing 3% of the total workforce. However, one of the key lacking issues that University curricula are not compatible with market needs and need to be upgraded to meet international trends. One of the most lacking domain that require particular multidisciplinary skills is Forensic Computing and Digital Criminology domain. Most of the current academic programs, both computing and law, in the region are oriented toward single discipline training and fail to train students to work in the legal domain and ICT industry, which has affected the uptake and adoption of Digital Criminology. This consequently has significantly impacted on the security of the information systems and its infrastructure, which are facing the risk of cyber crimes that are punishable by the laws. We believe that introducing such training is essential to overcome this wide gap of lack of expertise and critical to improve the quality of the both law and ICT sectors, at private and governmental levels, eventually improving economic as well as Digital Criminology legislations.

Information systems continue to be a critical part of the products, services, operations, and management of organizations. Indeed, information systems can be so critical as to disrupt classic business models, threatening traditional revenue streams and even driving industry sectors to extinction. The effective and efficient use of ICT is an important element in maintaining or achieving competitive advantage for business organizations and excellence in service for government and non-profit organizations. The new infrastructure on which the Information systems are developed is based on internet, cloud, and internet of things. This infrastructure has many advantages, such as extensibility, in the other hands it is subject to various information security risks and cyber crime. Information security and forensic computing are vital to information systems developers and users. Therefore, the need for well-educated professionals in forensic computing field is essential for the ICT industry. However, education systems in Palestine and Jordan, and potentially other developing countries, lack the sufficient training in information security, cybercrime and digital criminology to their curriculum. One of the key reasons for such slow progress in adoption is the lack of expertise and training in forensics computing methods and techniques at the university degree level. Forensics computing pathway program aims to prepare students from technological and legal dimensions. Forensics computing is the systematic inspection and analysis of a computer or other digital system for criminal investigation and misuse. Students in their undergraduate degree must include such essential training to learn how to apply both technical and legal skills to practical investigation and analysis and the provision of evidence for legal or commercial use.