Thursday, February 19, 2015

UNO Computer Science Professor Earns Grant to Speed Up Digital Forensics

UNO Computer Science Professor Golden Richard earns grant to speed up digital forensics at the National Institute of Justice.University of New Orleans computer science professor Golden Richard is the recipient of a $153,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice to develop a faster approach to performing digital forensics on devices with large storage capacities. Digital forensics refers to the recovery and investigation of material found in digital devices.

University of New Orleans computer science professor Golden Richard is the recipient of a $153,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice to develop a faster approach to performing digital forensics on devices with large storage capacities. Digital forensics refers to the recovery and investigation of material found in digital devices.

According to Richard, the continuously increasing size of storage devices and the number of storage devices—including hard drives and flash drives—have made the digital forensics process slow, cumbersome and expensive. This creates substantial case backlogs for law enforcement and, in some cases, may increase legal risks, Richard said.

The goal of this research is to develop a new approach that will reduce both the time and space needed to acquire digital evidence without sacrificing the quality of the investigation. Researchers will use techniques to target relevant evidence and ignore irrelevant storage space. The end result will be a sifted, compressed disk image that can be used by any existing tools that accept standard disk images.

“The research has significant value to law enforcement at all levels by providing the means to substantially accelerate and focus forensic acquisition,” Richard said.

Richard is a professor of computer science and the director of the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance at UNO. The University of New Orleans is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence by the National Security Agency in the areas of information assurance education and research and cyber operations.

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