Both Minister of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs, Rigmor Aasrud (to the left), and Minister of Defence, Grete Faremo, was present when GUC officially opened the research laboratory in Digital Forensics last Monday the 20th of September.
- GUC is a university college in bloom, the Minister of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs said in her opening speech. - In a digital world the crime is also digital, and we have to be in front with the criminal investigation techniques, the minister pointed out.
This research laboratory is first of its kind in Scandinavia. - Cybercrime Investigation is used in processes where you identify, obtain and secure evidence, for the purpose to use it further in an investigation or in a juridical matter, says Professor Katrin Franke at Gjøvik University College (GUC).
After confiscation of computers, servers and so on, the police can use the laboratory to find hidden files and computer logs which may show criminal activity, such as money laundry, child pornography or corruption.
Cybercrime Investigation has become more and more necessary over the last few years, and the government has decided to develop a national Cyber-Defence-Strategy. - To educate students and to conduct research in this area is essential to fight challenges as for example cyber attacks, states the Minister of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs, Rigmor Aasrud, who are responsible for the national ICT-policy.
Digital Forensics and GUC
The goal of the university college is to run an international recognised research laboratory on Digital Forensics, often called both Digital Forensics and Cybercrime Investigation, Di4C abbreviated.
The research laboratory shall:
- Educate and qualify the next generation of digital legal techniques investigators
- Conduct fundamental and applied research on an international top level
- Cooperate and deliver technology and services to governmental institutions, police, Norwegian industry, as well as account-, revision-, and consultant agencies
GUC has pronounced themselves in the last years with a strong applied and extrovert activity. The research laboratory is established together with Norwegian Information Security laboratory (Nislab) and the study programmes at GUC within Information Security and Digital Forensics. GUC offers bachelor, master and PhD programmes in Information Security, and in this autumn a master in Digital Forensics is established.