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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