InSig2 LawTech 2016 – Brussels 7th – 8th November

From the 7th – 8th of November 2016, Forensic Focus will be attending InSig2’s Law Tech Europe conference in Brussels, Belgium. If there are any topics you’d particularly like us to cover, or any speakers you think we should interview, please let us know in the comments.

Below is an overview of the subjects and speakers that will be featured at Law Tech Europe.

Monday 7th November

ltec-electronic-evidence-digital-forensics-cyber-securityThe conference will begin with a keynote speech by Nicolas Petit, Professor of Law at the University of Liege. Petit will cover the subject of artificial intelligence tools for lawyers and their impact on the business of law.

Following the opening session, the conference will split into three streams which will allow delegates to choose presentations that are relevant to their interests. One stream will look at eDiscovery, beginning with chat messages in Bloomberg Vault and how to collect data from them. Karyn Harty from McCann Fitzgerald will then lead the second session, in which arguments for the use of predictive coding in investigatory contexts will be put forward.

EU data privacy and cross-border data transfer will be considered later in the day, along with various ways in which automation is making life easier for forensics and security experts. A panel discussion in the afternoon will look at computer assisted review and how this option is reducing investigative costs.

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The digital forensics stream will first of all focus on a case study that will consider where the Amaro case in the UK went wrong. It will look at the challenges of investigating cases in which spyware has been accidentally downloaded onto a computer, and how to deal with such cases legally and fairly. Pierre Bernassau will then talk about machine translations and how they can help digital forensic professionals conduct investigations in an increasingly multilingual world.

In the early afternoon the digital forensics stream will be focusing on cross-border cooperation in organised crime investigations. There will then be a discussion of fraud investigation, followed by a panel discussion led by Zeno Geradts which will discuss network and memory forensics and the challenges of volatile evidence. The final session of the day will be another panel discussion, this time focusing on the topic of drones and how they can potentially aid in digital forensic investigations.

The computer security stream will be looking at hacking and its reputational impact for individuals and companies. Cell phone hacking will be the first subject of discussion, followed by a panel session considering how united Europe can and should be when fighting cybercrime.

Another panel discussion will follow, looking at national security versus personal data privacy. The challenges posed by digital communications for law enforcement agencies will be considered, along with difficult questions concerning how to weigh up people’s right to privacy with the necessity to investigate and prevent criminal activity.

The future of cybercrime will be the next topic of discussion in the computer security stream, followed by a presentation from Cameron Brown about how to properly investigate and prosecute cybercrime. The Panama Papers hack will be the final topic of the day, with a panel discussion looking at what went wrong and what firms can and should do in order to mitigate against such attacks.

Following Monday’s sessions there will be a networking dinner, which will give attendees the chance to continue the discussions begun throughout the day.

Tuesday 8th November

The second day of the conference will once again begin with a keynote address – topic and speaker TBC – and then will split into the same three streams for further discussions.

Adi Elliott from Epiq Systems will look at key trends in ediscovery and how the regulatory framework is constantly changing. A panel discussion in the afternoon will look at how law firms manage their collection and retention of electronic evidence, and how to ensure the safekeeping of sensitive information. The final session of the day will look at a Belgian case study that will highlight the current state of ediscovery tools in civil law jurisdictions, and what we can expect to see changing in the future.

The digital forensics stream will begin with a 101 from Michal Koczwara from ASOS, aimed at beginners or people who are considering a career in digital forensics but who have limited knowledge of the subject area. Robert Moody from Forensic Data Services will then take attendees through the anatomy of a security breach, looking at how attorneys around the world are targeted and how to protect your data as much as possible.

The penultimate session will look at image, video and sound forensics, including a rundown of available tools that are able to verify the authenticity of multimedia items. This will be followed by a panel discussion concerning advanced visual analytics and artificial intelligence in digital forensic investigations.

The computer security sessions will begin with an interesting discussion about the motivations for hacks – are people only doing it for the money, or are there other psychological factors at play? The advantages and disadvantages of cyber insurance will then be discussed by a panel, after which David Carvalho from CryptoHeroes will discuss ISO 27001 and PCI DSS compliance. The final session of the day will be a panel discussion about mobile security.

The Law Tech Europe Congress will be taking place in Brussels on the 7th-8th of November 2016. Forensic Focus members can get a 30% discount off the registration price by registering at and using the code XABQ812.

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