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ISEC funded MSc in Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation Graduation


In September 2011, 28 members of law enforcement from 16 European countries graduated from University College Dublin with an MSc in Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation. Each participant present was nominated by their country to take part in this programme, as part of a Garda led - EC funded project designed to combat cybercrime on a European wide basis.

Over the course of this two year Masters programme, the students were trained in areas including Mobile Phone Forensics, Malware Analysis and Internet Investigations. 100% of the nominated students have now successfully graduated from this programme, providing Europe with twenty-eight more highly qualified cybercrime investigators to help in the fight against cybercrime within the EU. These graduates will also in turn go on to train others and have a large impact on their own countries' fight against cybercrime. This MSc programme was developed and delivered as part of the ISEC 2008 Cybercrime Training Programme. This European Commission funded ISEC programme is the culmination of eight years of hard work by a number of people, representing an investment of 2.7 million euro. This programme has been evaluated by the EU Commission and was rated as the Number 1 Law Enforcement Programme for its “sustainability, relevance, inclusiveness of maximum number of Member States and its partnership between Law Enforcement, Academia and Industry”. 
Presiding over the presentation ceremony in UCD, Dublin was Dr. Hugh Brady, President of UCD, who presented the scrolls along with Prof. Joe Carthy, Science College Principal and John Dunnion, Head of the School of Computer Science & Informatics. 

Also present at the ceremony was Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, who addressed the assembled graduates and guests, before presenting the newly coined "Garda Commissioner's Medal". This medal was awarded to Victor Völzow, a German police officer from the West Hessen Polizei, who received the highest results in his graduating class. 
Two of the graduates also addressed the group - Michael Gubbins from An Garda Siochana & Joseph Muscat from the Maltese Police Force. Both expressed thanks for all of the support received from the University, the ISEC project team, the European Commssion, their own law enforcement ogranisations, as well as their family and friends. The event was closed by Prof. Carthy, who made a final presentation on behalf of UCD to the ISEC 2008 Project Manager, Paul Gillen of An Garda Siochana, before congratulating all of the new graduates on their success.

UCD Cybercrime Graduates
Graduating from the UCD Centre for Cybercrime Investigation were Det Sgt Jo Goodall, Metropolitan Police, London and Det Garda Marion Brennan seen here with Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.