cyber forensics

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.

Yearlong competition proves digital forensics savviness

Competing against military and industry experts, as well as independent specialists, a four-person team from the College of Technology placed fifth in the yearlong international 2013 DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge.

In addition, they were the top team in the graduate school category. The team, known as Or11, included computer and information technology graduate students William Ellis, Jacob Kambic, Eric Katz and Sydney Liles. The competition attracted more than 1,200 teams. (Full results.)

In the news: Rogers working to secure high school computer networks

Nearly every school system in the United States has its own computer system, and Marcus Rogers says they have become an easy target for cybercriminals.

"They tend to be pretty wide open and insecure, and there's a lot of ability to use those as test beds," said Rogers, associate professor of computer and information technology in Purdue's College of Technology. "Credit card fraud, identity theft, or in some cases, they might even be going out and looking at some sort of foreign espionage."

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