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Zayed University and AccessData collaborate on IT forensics

AccessData supporting university's digital forensics laboratory with latest cyber investigation tools

Zayed University and AccessData collaborate on IT forensics
Dr. Ibrahim Baggili from Zayed University (l) presenting the ‘Friend of Zayed University’ certificate to AccessData executives Luke Brown and Geoff Brooks.

The UAE's Zayed University and digital forensics specialist AccessData Group are set to collaborate on improving education in the field of cyber security and digital investigations.

AccessData unveiled its Forensic Toolkit 4.0 (FTK) at an event at Zayed University as part of a global launch today. The latest version of the FTK, regarded as a standard for computer forensics software, is able to handle static, volatile, and network data, to process a wide range of data types, types from forensic images to email archives; analyze the registry; conduct an investigation; decrypt files; crack passwords; create images and build reports.

Version 4.0 of the FTK also has two optional expansion modules, Cerberus, a malware triage technology, and Vizualization for relationship analysis in multiple display formats.

The company also announced that its local partners will be donating academic licences of the FTK to the university's digital forensics laboratory, which will be used to give students studying for the Masters programme in Digital Forensics hands-on experience with the software.

AccessData is also looking to recruit graduates from the programme to work on cyber forensics projects in the local market.

Geoff Brooks, regional sales manager, Middle East, Africa and India at AccessData said: "The Middle East has seen cyber crime increase at an alarming rate in recent times. These sophisticated and malicious attacks can have a crippling effect on organizations as well as the country as a whole when directed towards critical national infrastructure.

"We believe that by aligning with leading educational institutions like Zayed University and by helping educate the country's next generation of business professionals and leaders in the latest cyber security technologies, we can contribute to reducing the impact of cyber crime in the long term. We want students to have the right skills once they graduate and be proficient in working with industry standard cyber security tools like FTK."

AccessData was presented with a ‘Friend of Zayed University' certificate for its efforts.

"Zayed University is a pioneer in the area of digital forensics in the Middle East as we established the first ‘Advanced Cyber Forensics Research Laboratory' in the Middle East in 2010, which was inaugurated by his HH Sheikh Saif, the Minister of Interior. We continue to publish research findings in top conferences and journals worldwide. Since the inception of the Advanced Cyber Forensics Research Laboratory, we have been able to educate students in the area of digital forensics that work in both private and public sectors," said Dr Ibrahim Baggili, assistant professor and director of the Advanced Cyber Forensics Research Laboratory at Zayed University.

"As we continue to produce bleeding edge research in this domain, it is critical that we align ourselves with companies like AccessData so we can use their tools to teach our students the applied fundamentals in digital forensics, as well as conduct scientific experiments in this domain. It is critical that as neutral academics we bridge the gap between private and public sector, and this is what is taking place at this event - a marriage between academia and private sector," he added.

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