Recently, there was a national conference on cybersecurity. Issues relating to cybercrimes and cybersecurity have been in the news, including the fact that there has only been one conviction under the Cybercrimes Act.
The Jamaica Bar Association (JBA), at its upcoming conference, is taking on the issue in a big way. There is a session titled: 'Digital Forensics: From the Incident to the Court.' This session will focus on the investigative techniques and evidence, handling issues that will enhance the successful prosecution and trial in criminal and civil cases.
This is important for the JBA as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, to demonstrate that it is encouraging a culture of responsibility and awareness. As part of that awareness, it has included on its agenda a session about digital forensics. This is significant because digital forensics plays an important role in the successful prosecution of crimes or in the finding of civil liability.
The session is, therefore, geared towards increasing the capacity of lawyers and other stakeholders in this area. This is capacity building.
The panellists are Inspector Warren Williams, Damian Donaldson, information security consultant, Certified Information Systems Security Professional; M. Georgia Gibson Henlin, attorney-at-law; and Tracey-Ann Johnson and Kamar Henry Anderson of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The conference is being held at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, Montego Bay, on November 15 to 17, so book early as hotel accommodations are going fast.
Co-chairs of the conference M. Georgia Gibson Henlin, attorney-at-law, and Carol Aina, principal of the Norman Manley Law School, told The Gleaner that this is the JBA's marquee event and it is generously sponsored by Scotiabank Jamaica Limited, Thomson Reuters, Stewart's Automotive Group, and Kingston Bookshop. Entertainment will be provided by Ebony.