The 24th of September was a big day for the Center for Cyber and Information Security (CCIS) Testimon Forensic Group at Gjøvik University College which initiated the ArsForensica project, funded by the IKTPLUSS programme, that will improve prevention, preparedness, investigation and prosecution of incidents in information technology environments.
Leaders of digital forensic research and law enforcement agencies met to discuss collaboration to combat cybercrime.
The project is led by Professor Katrin Franke who was granted, in cooperation with Norwegian police, i.e. Norwegian Police Directorate (POD), Kripos, Politihøgskolen, Økokrim and Oslo Policedistrict, 24 million in funding by Norwegian Research Council (NRC). Moreover, the Norwegian police contributed to the project to reach overall of 39 million in duration of 4 years. The project includes a number of internationally recognized research institutions such as United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Institute in Italy, as well as big players such as Europol Cyber Crime Centre (EC3) or Ministry of Security and Justice, The Netherlands and many more. On the top of it, the Netherlands Forensics Institute (NFI) will play a major role in collaboration with Gjøvik University Collage on Big-data Forensics and Forensics as a Service to work on a joint computing platform called HANSKEN.
One of the main purposes of the meeting was discussion about management of the seven research work packages, the funding will be mainly spent on. This was regarded as a complex framework that required a careful management by the project team.
The ArsForensica project will be mainly focus on the investigation of financial fraud, economic crime and money laundering, as well as prevention and investigation of the cybercrimes. It is in the forefront of its field and will contribute to scientific innovation as well as generate new knowledge. The project aims to bridge the gap between contemporary-forensic science methods and emerging challenges posed by the increasing volume, velocity and variety of data in information technology environments. The project will work towards sustainable investigation methods that follow forensic principles, and respect legal and privacy regulations.