Advanced Cyber Forensic Research Lab Opens in ZU

Anwar Ahmad
Filed on March 6, 2010

ABU DHABI - A first of its kind in the Middle East, the Advanced Cyber Forensic Research Lab was inaugurated by Minister of Interior Lieutenant-General Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Zayed University here recently. Shaikh Saif toured the laboratory and interacted with students.

The different sections of the lab include digital forensic process, digital analysis and evidence storage.

Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and President of Zayed University, accompanied Lt-Gen Shaikh Saif. The laboratory will provide services for advanced cyber forensics and security research through engaging in basic and applied research and development, raising awareness through training, education, publication, organising conferences, functioning as a think-tank for cyber forensics, security research, providing investigative assistance for law enforcement, private corporations and bridging academia with law enforcement.

Graduation Ceremony

Meanwhile, 15 graduates, who are all members of Abu Dhabi Police, completed their Masters of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) with specialisation in cyber security at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi.

Lt-Gen Shaikh Saif congratulated and honoured these graduates with degrees on the campus here. Shaikh Nahyan appreciated the strong support of higher education institutions in the UAE from Rulers of the country and greatly valued Lt-Gen Shaikh Saif’s strong interest in furthering cooperation between the Ministry of Interior and the university.

The graduates will work for the protection of both individuals and society and will help maintain law and order in the community. “These matters are of great importance since the future effectiveness of electronic networks is contingent on our collective ability to provide a safe electronic environment,” Shaikh Nahyan said.

Speaking on cyber security, Paul B. Kurtz, special advisor - cyber security at ZU, who arrived in Abu Dhabi a week ago, said cyber attackers are now handpicking their victims and have managed to evolve and update their techniques.

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