The day INTERPOL approach Cyber Security Malaysia Forensic
Since the inception of Cyber Security Malaysia (CSM) Forensic, the specialist digital forensic department has grown in a wider perspective, meeting the demands and challenges of the day, covering both locally and internationally.
The CSM Digital Forensic department continues to give its high standard of technical expertise to the industry, law enforcement agencies, and relevant stakeholders.
In today’s world, cybercrime, scam, social engineering, phishing, and other cyber buzzwords encompass our day-in and day-out, digital forensics role in handling and mitigating threats and risks around is something subtle and paramount.
The proud moment for the department came in 2018 when INTERPOL approached a CyberSecurity Malaysia representative asking to share knowledge during the INTERPOL Digital Forensic Expert Group Meeting related to lab accreditation.
“Following the success of the knowledge-sharing session, INTERPOL has approached CSM to contribute to the development of the global guideline for the usage of member countries.
“On 24 May 2019, CyberSecurity Malaysia received recognition from INTERPOL for the development of INTERPOL Global Guidelines for Digital Forensics Laboratories.
“This affirms the competency and expertise of CyberSecurity Malaysia’s digital forensic officers on the international stage towards assisting INTERPOL in the publication of guidelines utilized throughout the world.” shared Dato’ Ts. Dr. Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab, Chief Executive Officer of CyberSecurity Malaysia to Asia News Today.
Cyber Security Malaysia is a national cyber specialist agency under the responsibility of the Communications and Digital Ministry (KKD).
Digital Forensics is a branch of forensic science that focuses on identifying, acquiring, processing, analysing, and reporting on data stored on a computer, digital devices, or other digital storage media.
The main goal of digital forensics is to extract data from electronic evidence, process the data into useful information and present the findings for prosecution. All processes involved, therefore, should utilize sound forensic techniques to ensure that the findings are admissible in court, as per the Interpol document definition.
INTERPOL Guidelines for Digital Forensics Laboratories outline the procedures for establishing and managing a Digital Forensics Laboratory (DFL), and provide technical guidelines for managing and processing electronic evidence.
These Guidelines should be seen as a template document that can be used by countries when considering developing their digital forensics capability. The advice given is intended to be used at both the strategic and tactical levels, in accordance with national legislation, practice, and procedures.
The document is intended for use by INTERPOL member countries. The objective of these Guidelines is to ensure that electronic evidence produced by the DFL is admissible in member countries’ courts of law as well as in the international criminal justice systems.
In addition, prosecutors, judges, and lawyers will also benefit from this document in understanding the digital forensics process, which may be vital for their cases.
Other Forensic Services
On a normal day affair, the department continues on advanced training module to cater the Law Enforcement Agencies, develop a laboratory to cater the advance cases such as Biometric, Vehicle, and Digital Asset forensics, and also provide endless support for LEA which covers on-site investigation, digital evidence preservation, digital device analysis, and expert witness testimonial.
The Department also provides consultancy services to assist other agencies in obtaining ISO 17025: 2017 accreditation.
When asked how they cope with the new cyber demands, Dato Amirudin described the department had conducted applied research to understand the technology with local universities’ collaboration programs.
“We also create awareness to the Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) on the new emerging technology via working groups and workshops, besides developing guidelines and procedures on investigating the new emerging technologies which is referred by the LEA as well as crafting training modules and offered them to the LEA.”
To keep Digital Forensics popular and create more interest among the younger generation, the department constantly engages in awareness talks among university students.
“University students are also given the opportunity to perform industrial training at the Digital Forensics Department of CyberSecurity Malaysia. To take an extra mile we also seal MOU / MOA with universities for joint research and also some knowledge sharing to the students,” he added.
The agency also provides the following specialised cybersecurity services.
- Cyber Security Responsive Services
- Cyber Security Proactive Services
- Outreach and Capacity Building
- Strategic Study and Engagement
- Industry and Research Development
To learn more about them, visit www.cybersecurity.my