A three-day training workshop on cyber crime and digital forensics for the corporate sector has ended in Accra with a call on participants to apply knowledge and skills gained, to solve the problem of cybercrime.
The training was organized by e-Crime Bureau, a cyber security and investigations firm, based in Accra, in collaboration with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, as part of the e-Crime Project.
Dr Albert Antwi-Boasiako, Founder of e-Crime Bureau, and the Principal Facilitator/Trainer for the training, said the corporate landscape in Ghana was experiencing serious challenges with e-crime and associated technology-assisted fraud and breaches.
“Because of the technology environment that businesses operate, most fraud and other economic crimes committed in the business environment are aided with computers and other networked technologies”, he said.
According to Dr Antwi-Boasiako in recent times, keyloggers were being used by cyber criminals to steal confidential information including user password and other system information to commit fraud.
He said following those developments, the e-Crime Bureau in collaboration with the CID came out with the training program in order to help businesses to deal with the emerging issues.
Dr Antwi-Boasiako said the training explored the practical steps and the techniques involved in insider fraud investigations.
He said the course engaged participants to perform security audits of their Information Technology environment and to detect and investigate the presence of keyloggers and other malware programs including viruses and Trojans on their computers, he added.
The e-Crime Bureau Founder said the participants were also taken through advanced techniques of investigating e-mail fraud.
Dr Antwi-Boasiako explained that due to the increasing rate at which people were using mobile phones to share information and to commit fraud, the training introduced participants to mobile device forensics and practically engaged them to analyze and retrieve call data, mobile phone e-mails, messages and other information stored on mobile devices.
He said the course also provided participants the techniques and tools available to identify websites visited by internet users and employees during internal investigations.
Dr Antwi-Boasiako said the course introduced participants to the Windows Registry Analysis to enable them to identify who committed fraud, when the fraud was committed and how the fraud was committed in a multi-user computer environment.
Participants were from the banks and other corporate sector including hfc Bank, Access Bank, Merchant Bank, Sahel-Sahara Bank, Ghana Airport Company, Perseus Mining Company, Volta River Authority among others.
e-Crime Bureau is the first private cyber security and computer forensics firm with a dedicated e-crime laboratory to be established in the West Africa sub-region, to offer services in Information Communication Technology infrastructure security and high tech crime investigations services to corporate bodies, the law enforcement, attorneys and government agencies across Africa.
The bureau offers services like Computer Forensics, Mobile Phone and Sim Forensics, Expert Witness Services, Litigation Support, e-Discovery Solutions, e-Fraud Investigations, Incident Response, Technology Support, Data Security, Cyber Intelligence Analytics, Research and Training.