[ISN] U.S. Awards $86.9M Cybercrime Training Contract

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Date: Tue Dec 04 2001 - 00:40:42 PST

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    By Robyn Weisman
    Part of the NewsFactor Network 
    November 30, 2001 
    The DoD's Computer Investigations Training Program offered its first
    class, Introduction to Computer Search and Seizure, in September 1998.
    The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is awarding a contract worth
    US$86.9 million to train cybercrime fighters.
    According to news sources, the DoD announced that the contract will go
    to Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), an El Segundo,
    California-based firm with over 68,000 employees and revenue for its
    last fiscal year of $11.1 billion.
    Computer Sciences will use the money to assist the DoD's Computer
    Investigations Training Program (DCITP), instructing various agencies
    in the best methods for combating computer-based crime and for
    maintaining the security of defense-related computer networks from
    counterintelligence and other incursions.
    Agencies whose operatives receive training under DCITP include the
    Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Army Criminal Investigations
    Division, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, the Defense
    Computer Forensics Lab, the Defense Criminal Investigative Services
    and the 902nd Military Intelligence Group.
    Huge Increase
    French Caldwell, research director for the project of technology and
    public policy at Gartner, said the contract was a milestone in
    cybercrime-fighting policy.
    "[$86.9 million] is an extraordinary contract," Caldwell told
    NewsFactor Network. "It represents at least a 50 percent increase in
    annual global spending."
    Until now, the total worldwide budget across all nations for
    cybercrime investigations has not exceeded $20 million annually,
    Caldwell told NewsFactor.
    "Approximately one-half of global law enforcement expenditures aimed
    specifically at investigating computer crime is spent in the United
    States," added Caldwell. "Most national governments spend negligible
    amounts preparing for the cybercrime threat."
    Caldwell went on to say that there has been serious underfunding of
    cybercrime competencies in government and noted that prosecutors need
    to be trained in this area just as much as investigators do.
    Valuable Training
    CSC received the task order through the General Services
    Administration (GSA) Federal Technology Service's Millennia agreement.
    GSA officials told news sources that the training operatives will
    receive through DCITP will be invaluable to homeland defense, in
    The program already offers numerous classes, such as "Introduction to
    Networks and Computer Hardware," "Basic Forensics Examinations," and
    "Incident Response in a Network Environment," and has strict
    requirements for passing the courses.
    DCITP offered its first class, "Introduction to Computer Search and
    Seizure," in September 1998 and opened a training facility a year
    later, although students may also take courses online.
    Clinton Initiative
    DCITP has already trained almost 1,500 agents connected with DoD law
    enforcement. The courses run from two days to six weeks.
    In February 1998, the Defense Reform Initiative Directive launched
    DCITP, along with the Defense Computer Forensics Laboratory. In May
    1998, then-President Bill Clinton issued a directive requiring federal
    agencies to collaborate with the private sector in order to safeguard
    critical infrastructure.
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