Monday, May 25, 2009

CFIN’s online scheme’ll boost Nigeria – Olayiwola

Chairman, Certification Board, Computer Forensics Institutes Nigeria (CFIN), Dr. Peter Olayiwola has described the recent launch of the online training programmes of the institute as a turning point in Nigeria’s quest for technological development, reports CHARLES OKOH.

He also said that the nation will be the greatest beneficiary of the programme, noting that through this initiative, the door is open for all Nigerians including those in Diaspora to take advantage of what digital forensics has to offer in terms of knowledge, skills, expertise, experience, employment and consulting opportunities, wealth creation and digital computer security.

Dr. Olayiwola who spoke at CFIN national secretariat in Lagos, recently, said that CFIN, a professional organization approved by both the Federal Ministry of Education and Federal Ministry of Justice is about to develop digital and computer forensics experts who will  be equipped to contend with the challenges of digital-crime of different dimensions.

He emphasized that since the organization started operations last year, it has opened offices in Lagos, Abuja and Kaduna, even as he said that arrangements are on to appoint state coordinators for each of the states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), just as it has presence in each of the geographical zones of the country.

The CFIN chairman said the aftermath of the boot camp held in Lagos, in March this year informed the decision of the organization to conduct online training based on the recommendation of participants at the residential boot camp training. 

According to him, CFIN annually conducts research and development into new and emerging technologies as well as methods in the science of computer forensics, stating that the certification offered by CFIN is the Chartered Computer Forensics Examiner, which is the result of CFIN’s desire to increase the level of professionalism and advancement  in the field  and science of computer forensics.

“The Certification board maintains a fair, uncompromised process for certifying the competence of computer forensics examiners and sets high forensics and ethical standards for digital and computer forensics examiners. CFIN administers the Chartered Computer Forensics Examiner certification to both law enforcement and non-law enforcement digital and computer forensics examiners who must not at first be computer science graduates,” he said.

Olayiwola said the online training programme is not only convenient but also allows one to complete all courses via the internet, and is flexible while allowing students to attend class work at any time and from anywhere adding that this will also help prospective examiners with assignment questions providing them with additional educational resources, among other benefits.

He assured that CFIN will begin to export digital and computer forensics experts to other countries in the nearest future.

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