The impact of digital forensics on cybercrime in Ghana

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2020-05
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Obese Gyau, William
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Ghana lost a whopping $229.9million to recorded cybercrime cases between 2016 and August 2018 [2]. The victims being individuals, groups and corporate bodies especially banks. The increase in cybercrime is unfortunately not being addressed by the Ghana Police service nor the Criminal Investigative department due to a lack of resources and expertise to investigate these white-collar crimes. A report from Daniel Enin on the study of cybercrime offenders in Ghana indicates that the lack of confidence in the police and their inability to investigate these crimes has boosted the confidence of cybercriminals to commit these crimes [31]. This research paper seeks to find the answer to the question, ‘what opportunity does digital forensics provide in combating cybercrime in Ghana”. Digital forensics refers to the uncovering and examination of evidence located on all things electronic with digital storage, including computers, cell phones, and networks[11]. A pretest-posttest experiment was used in testing the “hypothesis that the learning of digital forensics which includes crime investigation and incidence reporting can help combat cybercrime in Ghana”. This research paper should provide insight into cybercrime, some related works in this domain, application development and some recommendations that will enable future researchers in this field to conduct their research in this domain.
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Undergraduate thesis submitted to the Department of Computer Science, Ashesi University, in partial fulfillment of Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems, May 2020
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e-learning, cybersecurity, web-based application, crime investigation
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