For the first time in Sri Lanka, CICRA last week completed Computer Hacking Forensic Investigation (C|HFI) training program using latest version eight released by the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), USA.

CICRA Director/CEO Boshan Dayaratne said that 13 participants including top corporate IT experts followed this speciliased training program conducted by CICRA’s exclusive master trainer Krishnan Rajagopal from Malaysia.

C|HFI is the process of detecting hacking attacks and properly extracting evidence to report the crime and conduct audits to prevent future attacks.

“Computer crime in today’s cyber world is on the rise. Computer Investigation techniques are being used by police, government and corporate entities globally and many of them turn to EC-Council for our Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (C|HFI) Certification Program,” Mr. Dayaratne said.

“Computer Security and Computer investigations are changing terms. More tools are invented daily for conducting computer Investigations, be it computer crime, digital forensics, computer investigations, or even standard computer data recovery. The tools and techniques covered in EC-Council’s C|HFI program will prepare the student to conduct computer investigations using groundbreaking digital forensics technologies.”

“Computer forensics is simply the application of computer investigation and analysis techniques in the interests of determining potential legal evidence. Evidence might be sought in a wide range of computer crime or misuse, including but not limited to theft of trade secrets, theft of or destruction of intellectual property, and fraud,” Mr. Dayaratne said.

“C|HFI investigators can draw on an array of methods for discovering data that resides in a computer system, or recovering deleted, encrypted, or damaged file information known as computer data recovery.”

“Electronic evidence is critical in many situations including disloyal employees, computer break-in, possession of pornography, breach of contract, industrial espionage, e-mail fraud, bankruptcy, disputed dismissals, web page defacements and theft of company documents.”

“The C|HFI certification validates the candidate’s skills to identify an intruder’s footprints and to properly gather the necessary evidence to prosecute in the court of law. Computer forensics graduates have been in high demand for jobs with law enforcement and that demand is growing. Starting salaries in the field can range as high as $85,000 to $120,000 in the US,” Mr. Dayaratne said.

The CHFI certification will benefit e-business security professionals, systems administrators, legal professionals, banking, insurance and other professionals, government agencies, IT managers, police and other law enforcement personnel and for defense and military personnel.

The CHFI certification is awarded after successfully completing the five day training followed by passing a four-hour EC-Council examination.

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Daily FT on 11 October 2012