The Purdue Cybersecurity & Forensics Lab is a leading computer forensics research facility. The lab specializes in applied and basic research, providing education & training and also providing investigative support to law-enforcement agencies all over the world. Our strengths lie in the applied research and technological solutions for the technical and theoretical challenges that exist in our specific domains. Our involvement with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, the intelligence community, and other private entities keeps us on the cutting edge of identifying and engaging future trends and threats.
Our ranked Ph.D. program specializes in all aspects of cyber forensics, cyber Infrastructure, cyber learning, and cybersecurity.
Our relationship with Law Enforcement is an essential and symbiotic part of our work. We specifically work with Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement agencies in identifying current and future trends and threats. We then turn those trends and threats into training or application development opportunities.
High Tech Crime Unit
The Tippecanoe County High Tech Crime Unit (HTCU) is a collaboration of local law enforcement agencies and Purdue University to provide investigative resources when examining with various forms of digital evidence. Purdue's partnership provides students great opportunities for real world experience, research topics, software development, and digital forensics training.
Inspired by the successful partnership between Purdue Polytechnic’s Department of Computer and Information Technology and the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s office, Governor Eric Holcomb signed the High Tech Crime Unit Bill, which will lead to the creation of 10 civilian-based high-tech crime units around Indiana.
Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar, associate professor of computer and information technology, fights crime using cyberforensics, a branch of digital forensic science pertaining to evidence found in computers and digital storage media.