Tunisia: Mobile Digital Forensics as a Key Method to Prevent Cybercrime

16th September 2020 – Tunis, Tunisia

The internet currently plays a huge role in our day to day lives and the technological advancements taking place globally have only increased its importance. Such technological developments also came with the negative pendant of cybercrime and cyberterrorism, which is increasingly being perceived as a major threat to the general population and institutions.

Many criminal organizations resort to cybercrime to carry out their illegal activities, translating into attacks directed towards companies and governments. To support Tunisian authorities with the technical capacities to face such threats, UNODC organized four training sessions on Specialized digital Forensics software.

The trainings address the needs for phone communications analysis to support specialized units of the Directorate-General for National Security (National Police) and the Directorate-General for National Guard (National Guard). 

Both of whom are involved in investigations that provide cyber expertise to lead investigators and enable the support of their criminal cases.

Some of the key substances provided included that the digital forensics process involves the: search, acquisition, preservation, and maintenance of digital evidence; description, explanation and establishment of the origin of digital evidence and its significance; the analysis of evidence and its validity, reliability, and relevance to the case; and the reporting of evidence pertinent to the case (Maras, 2014).

The sessions were conducted for officials of the Tunisian Ministry of the Interior at the Salammbo National Security Training Centre and at the National Guard Cybercrime Training Academy. For the first time, UNODC used a local videoconferencing system managed by the Tunisian Ministry of Communication Technologies and Digital Transformation to connect the international experts from overseas and the project team from Egypt.

Such knowledge exchange is organized within the framework of the UNODC regional project on "Enhancing capacities to combat and prevent Cybercrime activities in the Middle East and North African Region". For Tunisia, this project is funded by the United States Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

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Digital forensics table source: Palmer, Gary. (2001). DFRWS Technical Report: A Road Map for Digital Forensic Research. Digital Forensic Research Workshop. Utica, New York. p. 24