To further equip the legal professionals, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) DavNor – Kapalong Chapter sponsored a forum on Digital Forensics last November 11, 2016 at the Davao del Norte Sports Complex Club House, Mankilam, Tagum City.

Benedict M. Pasco, a certified Fraud examiner, Certified Compliance Officer, Certified Forensic & Technology Consultant, Computer Security Engineer and Litigation Support Consultant gave a lecture in Digital Forensic to IT and Criminology students, Law practitioners and professionals alike.

The rise of the digital age has brought relevance to the science of Digital Forensics, which is the collection, preservation, analysis, and presentation of digital related evidence in a manner that can be relied upon in the court of law.

With the provincial governments aim to enter global competitiveness, it supports the continuous legal education of law practitioners.

“MCLE is an indispensable means to maintain your know-how in effectively ensuring that justice is done.” Governor Anthony del Rosario’s message read.   

“The advent of information and communication technology has also given rise to cyber crime, to include fraud, intrusion, insider threats, phishing and other crimes using computers, cell phones, gadgets and the internet.” The governor continued.

Though digital information is very reliable, Pasco said that it can still be altered or falsified. However, a skilled examiner will be able to identify changes through the digital signature left by the alteration.

 “We would know if you have photoshoped it, or compressed it and if it comes from different sources, there will be signatures all over it, there’s a certain pattern. ”

In retrieving digital evidence, Pasco advised the attendees to follow correct procedure.

“My advice is if you do not know what you are doing, don’t. You don’t want to be in the position where you are accused of spoliation of evidence.”

The literacy on digital forensic in the Philippines is not yet as competitive compared to other Asian countries, but with continuous investment on education and equipment the Philippines can become a competitive player in the field of digital forensics.


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