[ISN] Defense inks deal to train more cybercrime fighters

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Date: Sun Dec 16 2001 - 23:26:01 PST

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    By Joshua Dean
    December 13, 2001 
    The Defense Department renewed its commitment to investigate
    cybercrime this week by extending a contract with Computer Sciences
    Corp. (CSC) to operate the Defense Computer Investigations Training
    Under the eight-year, $86 million contract, CSC will help train
    cybercrime fighters from the Defense Department's numerous criminal
    investigation commands.
    It's technology training for cops, said Chris Steinbach, director of
    defense group service delivery at CSC. We've put 1,400 new law
    enforcement officials within Defense on the street who know how to
    deal with crime scenes where there might be digital evidence.
    The crime fighters have been trained how to disassemble computers,
    configure networks, search for electronic data and seize electronic
    equipment without destroying vital evidence. They are also trained to
    analyze computers for hidden information. Finally, the cybercops
    practice testifying about computer evidence in the school's mock
    We train them from beginning to end in how to handle cybercrime,
    Steinbach said.
    Cybercrime is divided into two categories. In one category, computers
    are the instrument of crime. Hackers and other cybercriminals use
    computers to attack or take advantage of networks and other computers.  
    In the other category, computers are passive devices used to store
    information pertaining to criminal activities, such as child
    Because so many criminals own computers that can be taken as evidence,
    Steinbach believes all investigators must be trained in how to handle
    electronic forensic evidence. More often than not, the chances are
    that investigators will be walking into a digital crime scene, he
    CSC has 35 instructors in the training program, each with extensive
    experience investigating cybercrimes. The instructors work in the same
    building as the Defense Computer Forensics Laboratory in Linthicum,
    CSC has trained law enforcement officials from other federal agencies
    and state and local governments in the past. Steinbach expects to
    train more non-Defense students in the future.
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