AccessData Group, a leading provider of integrated digital forensics and e-discovery software, today announced that it is a member of a consortium that won a prestigious contract to deliver professional training in digital forensics to European law enforcement agencies.
The four-year contract was awarded by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF, in the acronym based on the French spelling) to a consortium led by Zagreb, Croatia-based INsig2, a leading regional provider of services in the field of digital forensics. Other consortium members include: AccessData, in partnership with the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS); and Ventex, an IT provider based in Rijeka, Croatia.
We are honored to be part of this winning consortium of expert providers and are humbled to have been awarded this contract by OLAF, which we believe is a reflection of how effectively AccessDatas Digital Investigations Training program educates incident responders in the latest technology to identify, respond, investigate and prosecute cases, said Keith Lockhart, vice president of global training at AccessData. There is no question that our partnership with IACIS was a key ingredient in the success of this contract award. IACIS is the premier international association specializing in law enforcement training and certification in the field of computer forensics, so we are delighted they chose to team up with us in developing this program for OLAF.
The OLAF contract engages the INsig2-led consortium to deliver and evaluate digital forensics and analyst training courses for staff working for national and regional law enforcement agencies in the EU. The training will provide national forensics experts access to certification procedures recognized and accredited at the international level.
We are very proud to win a contract with the European Commission for organizing such a unique training event, as it shows that our knowledge, rich experience, systematic work and the quality of our experts have led to worldwide recognition, said Goran Oparnica, director of INsig2. This success shows that we, along with our consortium partners, are doing a great job in the digital forensics community and that huge investment in knowledge always pays off.
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INsig2, Ventex and AccessData working with IACIS, SUMURI and Spyder Forensics as sub-contractors will be responsible for providing instructors and delivering curriculum to include the following:
- Digital investigations in Windows, Mac and Linux computers;
- Investigations of mobile phones and smartphones on all relevant operating systems;
- Investigations of computer networks; and
- Quality assurance processes to improve competencies in digital forensics and analysis.
OLAF investigates fraud against the EU budget, corruption and serious misconduct within the European institutions, and develops anti-fraud policy for the European Commission. The expectations are that more than 800 investigators mostly from the countries of the EU will complete the digital forensics training over the course of the next four years.
Whether its for investigation, litigation or compliance, AccessData offers industry-leading solutions that put the power of forensics in your hands. For more than 30 years, AccessData has worked with more than 130,000 customers in law enforcement, government agencies, corporations and law firms around the world, providing both stand-alone and enterprise-class solutions that can synergistically work together. The company is backed by Sorenson Capital, a leading private equity firm focused on high-growth portfolios. For more information on AccessData, please go to www.accessdata.com.
INsig2 is a Croatian company founded in 2004, with the main focus on digital forensics. INsig2 has its own educational center with the capacity to conduct a variety of high quality forensics courses and advises, supports and conducts investigations for law enforcement and the private sector (corporations and small businesses). INsig2 also has extensive experience in designing, equipping and setting up digital forensics laboratories for different government agencies and the police. For more information on INsig2, please go to www.insig2.com.