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Thursday 16th July 2020
10:00h to 11.00 CEST and 11.30 to 12.30 CEST

Technology and ubiquitous devices, such as computers, smartphones and smartwatches, have redefined our society and the way we live. However, malicious entities have also learnt how to exploit these assets to commit criminal activities, ranging from financial frauds, intellectual property theft, industrial espionage to contraband activities, child pornography and even murder. In this sense, digital evidences are paramount in current criminal investigations related to all kinds of criminal behaviour. Indeed, emails, phone calls, SMS messages, hidden files, etc. are in many cases the only evidences. Therefore, ensuring evidences’ integrity and availability is crucial for being admissible to a court of law to achieve successful prosecution.

Fighting cybercrime is not straightforward nowadays, especially since criminal activities have become transnational, i.e., taking place in multiple countries. Cross-jurisdiction issues and incompatibilities complicate the cooperation and sharing of information and digital evidences between law enforcement agencies in the international context. This alarming situation fosters an urgent need to standardise forensic procedures and protocols for guaranteeing the chain of custody of cybercrime related digital evidences, as well easing the cooperation of law enforcement agencies in a trusted, secure and legal way.

To deepen knowledge on this situation, APWG.EU, EEMA and StAG have organized a two-part webinar, “Can we build a robust cross-border chain of trust for digital evidence?” taking place Thursday 16th July 2020. In the first part at 10:00h to 11.00 CEST, worldwide cybersecurity experts, law enforcement agencies and public bodies will discuss the most relevant issues when sharing digital evidences between a European and a non-European country. In the second part from 11.30 to 12.30 CEST, researchers will present ongoing initiatives, LOCARD, FORMOBILE and Global Cyber Crime Certification, proposing state-of-the-art solutions and technologies to fight against cybercrime. This webinar is free of charge and open to anyone interested in this topic.

Webinar recordings available here

LOCARD project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement nº 832735.

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