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CERT Instructors Discuss Cybercrime Investigation

April 21, 2011

An article describes the Digital Intelligence and Investigation Directorate at Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute. The group investigates digital crime scenes and has earned national recognition for their contributions to criminal investigations. The group includes instructors for the INI's cyber forensics and incident response track.

An excerpt follows with a link to the Carnegie Mellon article.

Albert Gonzales managed to pull off the largest cyber theft in U.S. history. But he was no match for the U.S. Secret Service, assisted by computer forensics scientists at Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute (SEI). Their work led to a 20-year prison sentence for Gonzales — the largest sentence on record for a computer criminal. Think of it as CSI: Computers.

The Digital Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (DIID) group at the SEI consists of former agents, former military and intelligence officers, and a host of researchers. They are tasked with investigating and preserving the digital crime scene — analyzing network traffic, providing operational support to government agencies, and assisting in incident response.

"We are a national resource in cybercrime investigation," explained Rich Nolan, who directs the DIID group. Read the full article.

Photo source: Carnegie Mellon. Pictured above: Rich Nolan, Matthew Geiger, and Cal Waits.

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