By Patience Wait
CLEARWATER, Fla. - After years of work, the Defense Computer Forensics
Laboratory - part of the DOD Cyber Crime Center (DC3) - has been
accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory
Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board.
Ralph Keaton, executive director of ASCLD/LAB, presented the
certificate of accreditation to representatives of DCFL Jan. 10 during
the first day of the DOD Cyber Crime Conference.
The effort to become accredited began in late 1998, but "the focused
campaign probably took 18 months or so," said Steven Shirley,
executive director of DC3. The DCFL becomes the 10th and, with 88
employees, the largest accredited digital crime lab in the world, he
The DCFL provides digital evidence processing, analysis and
diagnostics for any Defense Department investigation that requires
computer forensic support to detect, enhance or recover digital media,
including audio and video. The lab's several sections provide services
for criminal, counterintelligence, counterterrorism and fraud
investigations of Defense criminal investigative organizations and DOD
counterintelligence activities, as well as safety investigations,
Inspector General-directed inquiries and commander inquiries.
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