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Regional Forum for Digital Forensic Analysts in Central America

Central America, 21 January 2021. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN) through the Global Programme on Cybercrime, in coordination with the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC), held a regional forum addressed to digital forensic analysts and their supervisors. Law enforcement agencies from Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Costa Rica participated in this forum from 18 to 21 January 2021.
The objective of this event was to present and reflect upon current challenges that digital forensic analysts face. Especially in the context of increasing levels of digitalization, where potential offenders have more access to digital technological tools, while these tools are becoming more sophisticated.   
In this framework, several topics were discussed such as: organizing the digital forensic team and laboratory in the face of rising threats; how to ensure an effective digital forensic process which is respectful of due legal process; as well as building solutions from a multi-stakeholder and interagency perspective. Also, specific cases were presented, including the cases of each of the digital forensic laboratory present at the forum, as well as the case of the Prosecution Office of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
At the end of the forum three working tables were held -which each country participating in every table.

The topics discussed were:
1. Leadership, organization and prospective.
2. Legal issues to be considered by the forensic analyst.
3. Emerging technical challenges.
This regional forum has been made possible thanks to the funding from the Canadian and British governments.