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Rational of the Project

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

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, on 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 the forensic computing field is essential for the ICT industry. However, education systems in Palestine and Jordan, and potentially other developing countries, lack sufficient training in information security, cybercrime and digital criminology in their curricula. 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 university degree level. The Forensics Computing pathway program (FORC) aims to prepare students in both the  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 do practical investigation and analysis and provide evidence for legal or commercial use.