[ISN] DHS plans computer forensic institute

From: InfoSec News (alerts@private)
Date: Mon Mar 12 2007 - 22:32:18 PST



WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security 
has unveiled plans for a National Computer Forensic Institute to assist 
in digital evidence analysis.

The institute, to be located in Hoover, Ala., will serve as a national 
cyber-crimes training facility for state and local police officers, as 
well as prosecutors and judges. The U.S. Secret Service will develop the 
institute, and the National Cyber Security Division of Homeland Security 
will provide some funding, according to a statement Friday from Homeland 
Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

"The same technologies that are a part of every-day life in the 
twenty-first century are routinely used by criminal groups for their 
nefarious activities," said Chertoff. "This institute will turn the 
tables on these criminal groups and equip law enforcement with 
sophisticated skills to use the same technologies in combating criminal 

Training will be based on the current U.S. Secret Service curriculum and 
include basic electronic crimes investigation, network intrusion 
investigation, and computer forensics. The training will cater to law 
enforcement personnel, who must routinely process digital evidence but 
who may not yet be fully prepared for this task.

"Today's high tech environment presents new challenges to law 
enforcement as cyber-criminals exploit computers and the Internet to 
threaten our banking, financial and critical infrastructures," said 
Secret Service Deputy Director Brian Nagel.

In addition to training in cyber-investigative techniques, Nagel said 
that federal, state and local officers neededmtyo share their expertise 
more effectively to meet the technology challenges that face law 

The facility is slated to open in January 2008.

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