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03.04.2015

DataFocus 2015

DataFocus 2015 finished with success!

On Tuesday, March 31st 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel in Zagreb was held fourth conference DataFocus, international conference on digital evidence that successfully brings together not only the digital forensics investigators but also legal bodies who encounter with digital evidence in their daily work.
 
DataFocus 2015 conference was, once again, held under the auspices of Croatian Ministry of Interior. During the opening ceremony Chief of Police of National Office for the Prevention of Corruption and Organized Crime, Mario Bertina welcomed all present. We are extremely proud that the number of participants is increasing from year to year, and that this year we had over 200 participants from over 20 countries around the world, including guests from Indonesia, South Africa, USA and all over Europe.
 
INsig2 director Goran Oparnica opened the conference and our host Sandra Bagaric announced keynote speakers Mr. Dragan Novosel, Deputy State Attorney of Republic of Croatia, Mr. Dragan Primorac, President of International Society for Applied Biological Sciences (ISABS). Introductory presentations were held by Mrs. Beatriz Sanz Redrado, the Director of Anti-Fraud Office Directorate (OLAF) from Belgium who presented a project called “The OLAF strategy regarding Digital Forensics Education and how it affects the EU financial interest”, and “trio” from Lithuania from Forensic Science Centre, dr.  Gabrielė Joudkaitė-Granskienė, the Director of Forensic Science Centre, Mr. Andrius Chaževskas, Head designated of Digital information examination of Forensic Science Centre, and Dr. Vilius Benetis, CEO of NRD CS, who held a presentation on “Best practices of IT examination in Lithuania”. 
 
During the conference participants could choose between 21 topics, divided into three sections: legal, investigation and technical section, each having 7 lectures. Participants who attended legal section were able to hear lecturers from Italian and Slovenian universities, Croatian judges, inspectors from Minister of Interior of Republic of Croatia and Croatian Competition Agency, who presented legal aspects of collecting, processing and presenting digital evidence in criminal and administrative proceedings. Investigation section with lecturers from ministries, agencies and companies that are fighting against corruption and cyber- crime, and forensic and IT departments have presented the technical aspects of finding, preserving and processing of digital evidence.
 
As the number of participants for DataFocus 2015 has increased so as the number of exhibitors, who wanted to approach our audience with their products. There were 8 renowned companies from the field of digital forensics: AccessData, Belkasoft, ElcomSoft, Guidance Software, Magnet Forensics,   Micro Systemation, Nuix and Oxygen Forensics. In addition to their exhibition booths our exhibitors presented their products in technical section, where all interested participants could find out more about their products and how to utilize them in investigations.
 
In addition to three previously mentioned sections, we also organized two workshops. First workshop was held by Oxygen Forensics with the topic “Mobile Forensics Challenges in obtaining, analyzing and applying evidence from mobile devices”. The second workshop was held by Belkasoft with the topic “Mobile and Computer Forensics: Combining digital pieces together with Belkasoft Evidence Center 2015”. Due to great interest in the workshops that our participants have shown during application, we have decided to increase the number of participants to 30 (from last year's 20), but unfortunately we still could not accommodate everybody at the workshop, so we use this opportunity to apologize to all those who could not attend the workshops. 
 
The conference ended with the most intense part and that is as always, tombola! Our exhibitors were extremely generous and gave very valuable prizes to the luckiest 5 participants. Total prize found was over 13.000,00 euros! Congratulations to the lucky winners!
 
Once again a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our conference DataFocus 2015; speakers, moderators, exhibitors, Sheraton Hotel, and our dear participants who contributed to the realization and success of this conference by their presence.
 
Join us next year at DataFocus 2016!