The British Computer Society has set up a specialist ‘think tank' to offer expertise about online fraud.

 

The newly-formed BCS Cybercrime Forensics Specialist Group will give special attention to cybercrime forensics, the use of scientifically proven methods to gather process and interpret digital evidence for criminal investigations, and the role it could play in the lead up to and during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

 

The new group will focus on the latest developments in cybercrime forensics in the UK, worldwide legal issues surrounding cybercrime forensics, and consider the process of accrediting expert witnesses in court cases.

 

It will also work with the National Police Improvement Agency and will be involved in an established annual international conference on Cybercrime Forensics Education and Training. The inaugural meeting of the specialist group was held today at Canterbury Christ Church University.

 

Members of the group include academic experts in the field of cybercrime forensics, those involved in or supporting law enforcement activities, as well as computer specialists and lawyers.

 

They will help develop standards for the recovery and analysis of information, and advise on the creation of laws, training and accreditation for those preparing criminal court case material. They will also offer to assess the quality of software tools used by police cybercrime forensic teams.

 

Denis Edgar-Nevill, the group's chairman and a BCS Fellow, said: “The growing complexity and vulnerability of computer systems coupled with ever-evolving forms of criminal activities requires continual research and development to safeguard the integrity and security of systems for computer users. The creation of the BCS Cybercrime Forensics Specialist Group will also hopefully answer the very real and growing demand for qualified people to assist in cybercrime investigations.

 

“Cybercrime is here to stay as the technology becomes less expensive and internet access pervades more and more of our everyday lives. Key to combating cybercrime is keeping ahead of new developments through research and sharing our results internationally to succeed in defeating a crime that has a total lack of respect for geographical boundaries.”