There has been an increase in cybercrime as more businesses and organizations have moved their operations online in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Cybercrime, a criminal activity that either targets or uses a computer, a computer network or a networked device, has affected and paralyzed activities of many organizations resulting in huge losses.
In a bid to keep these crimes at bay, AGA-Africa in conjunction with the Judiciary Training Institute (JTI) organised a 2-day Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence Virtual Workshop on 1st and 2nd October and on 8th and 9th October 2020, respectively.
Participants included Supreme Court Judges of Kenya: Justice Njoki Ndung’u and Justice Isaac Lenaola, 34 High Court Judges from Kenya, as well as 3 High Court judges from Zambia. During this training, the judges covered the tools and techniques aimed at helping them understand computer investigations using ground breaking digital forensics technologies.
The opening remarks for the 1st to 2nd October 2020 training were delivered by Dr. Freda Mugambi-Githiru, Deputy Director JTI, with keynote addresses from Hon. Justice Kathurima M’inoti, the Director of the Judiciary Training Institute, Kenya and Markus Green, ESQ, AGA-Africa Board Member. The closing remarks were delivered on behalf of AGA-Africa by Dr. Freda Mwamba Brazle, Managing Partner, Innovatus Zambia and AGA-Africa Country Coordinator for Zambia and bringing the workshop to a close was High Court Judge Justice A. Mbogori.
The 8-9th October 2020 training was officially opened by AGA-Africa Administrative Director Susan Lustig, with a keynote address from Hon. Justice Kathurima M’inoti, the Director of the Judiciary Training Institute, Kenya. AGA-Africa Board Member Markus Green delivered the closing remarks for the second workshop marking the end of AGA-Africa and JTI joint events this year. Two trainings on Human Trafficking and Electronic Evidence for Magistrates are scheduled for February 2021.
International subject matter experts gracing the two workshops were Judge Sean Wallace, Judge of the Circuit Court for the 7th Circuit of Maryland; Stephan Englbrecht, Lead investigator, Verizon Threat Research Advisory Centre and Daniel Pietragallo, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Colorado Attorney General’s Office.
The two trainings benefited from the expertise of regional subject matter experts Stephen Kiptinness, Senior Partner, Technology and Intellectual Property Practice; Alexander Muteti, Senior Assistant Director, ODPP; Dr. Isaac Rutenberg, Senior Lecturer and Director of (Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT), Dr. Bright Mawudor, Head of Cyber Security Services, internet solutions and Alex M Osunga, Cybersecurity Practitioner.