cyber forensics

CIT faculty aim to make big data a small issue for law enforcement

Law enforcement agencies have been relying on forensics tools not well suited to today’s digital world. To provide a modern, cost-effective solution, a research team led by Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar, assistant professor of computer and information technology, is building File Toolkit for Selective Analysis & Reconstruction (File TSAR) for Large Scale Computer Networks.

Computer and information technology faculty, students collaborate with local law enforcement agencies at High Tech Crime Unit

Local law enforcement agencies collaborated with faculty and students in the Department of Computer and Information Technology, Discovery Park, and other units at Purdue to create the High Tech Crime Unit, and officials provided a first-ever public tour of their facility Thursday (May 11) to celebrate the partnership.

National Institute of Justice awards research assistantship to doctoral student in cyber forensics

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has awarded a research assistantship to Danielle Crimmins, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer and Information Technology chaired by Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar, assistant professor of computer and information technology.

Sitarz wins Women in Security award

Doctoral student Rachel Sitarz was named one of two winners in the inaugural Women in Security Awards, sponsored by Duo Security.

Sitarz is working toward her PhD in cyber forensics at Purdue University in the Department of Computer and Information Technology. She also works full-time for Purdue, analyzing the threats that are coming into their networks.

She was honored, in part, for her ability as a researcher to “produce results that have real-world implications.”

Security expert says deleted email could be recovered

Email messages that you delete might not really be gone forever, according to Marcus Rogers, interim head of the Department of Computer and Information Technology and director of Purdue’s Cyber Forensics and Security Program. The messages that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deleted might still be recoverable, Rogers said, if the storage media in the server on which they were stored hasn't been wiped.

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Three win Best Student Paper award at conference

Three College of Technology doctoral students studying cyber forensics were awarded Best Student Paper at a recent academic conference.

Rachel Sitarz, Tejashree Datar and Kelly Cole were honored at the 2014 Conference on Digital Forensics, Security and Law in Richmond, Virginia. The annual conference is sponsored by the Association of Digital Forensics, Security and Law (ASDFL).

Sitarz presented "Internet Addiction to Child Pornography". Datar presented "Awareness of Scam E-mail: An Exploratory Research Study," which she and Cole co-authored.