Petaling Jaya, Malaysia (PressExposure) April 15, 2011 -- Computer forensics skills are increasingly in demand as cyber criminal activities continue to grow excessively. One of the duties of a Forensic Investigator is to collect evidence is to identify evidence storage places such as hard drives and flash drives, and extracting the data located therein for later analysis.
However, the growing amount of crime, such as corporate frauds and virus attacks, in the last two decades highlights not only the importance of computer forensics in crime investigations but also the lack of forensic specialists in this area.
According to Symantec Corporation recent survey, 5,000 lawyers revealed that the profession is struggling to handle the enormous amounts of Electronically Stored Information (ESI) that play a crucial role as evidence in legal matters across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Survey respondents across ten countries admitted that they had either lost a case, experienced a case delay or been sanctioned by a court or regulator in the past two years because they were unable to locate or process ESI that could have been successfully presented as evidence. Half of those surveyed (51 percent) admitted to problems identifying and recovering ESI (otherwise known as e-discovery) in the last three months.
Symantec's research also discovered that while poor availability of 'digital evidence' can hinder the legal process, the power of technology to identify and collect relevant information among millions of electronic files has had a positive impact on many cases across EMEA. 98 percent of the lawyers questioned said that ESI identified 'digital evidence' during e-discovery had been vital to the success of legal matters in which they had been involved in the past two years.
"These results demonstrate the pivotal role ESI now plays in routine legal matters, with 91 percent of EMEA lawyers rating it as either 'critical' or important to their day-to-day work," said Sharon White, Product Marketing Manager EMEA Information Management Group Archiving & Discovery, at Symantec. "Symantec Enterprise Vault helps organizations store, manage and discover information across the enterprise to ease the complexity and save time and money during the discovery process."
An urgent need exists for Information security professionals to undergo trainings on computer forensics to ease the shortage of forensic specialists. EC-Council, the world's leading e-business and information security certification body offers Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator training (CHFI), a very sought after technical security training in the market.
The goal of this course is to train IT professionals and to develop the skills and capabilities to perform computer forensic investigation. In this course a student will learn specialized computer forensic investigating techniques in criminal investigation or legal litigation. Of course every organization needs to have the capability to perform digital forensics but this training provides detailed information regarding how to establish the correct computer forensics path. The Computer Hacking Forensic Investigation (CHFI) course will provide participants the necessary skills to identify an intruder's footprints and to properly gather the necessary evidence to prosecute in the court of law.
EC-Council has launched a brand new information security conference series, TakeDownCon that will make its debut in Dallas, Texas. TakeDownCon Dallas is a highly technical conference that will feature a training platform offering a host of information security training, including the world-renowned ethical hacking training, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) program, among others. Conference topics include how security systems are being breached, and what methods perpetrators are employing to hijack or steal your assets, and proliferate from it. This information security conference will feature many well-respected IT security experts who will be sharing their knowledge and experience with participants.