In September 2017, the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) recognized Armstrong's Center for Applied Cyber Education (CACE) as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) for its academic programs and operational forensics capabilities.
The CACE Cyber Forensics Division (CFD) consists of three departments: 1) Academic Affairs Department, 2) Civil Cyber Forensics Department, and 3) Data Analytics Department. The Academic Affairs Department is directly managed by the CACE Director. The Civil Cyber Forensics Department and the Data Analytics Departments are managed by the CACE Special Programs Coordinator who is a certified forensic examiner. The Academic Affairs Department supports the integration of training into academic coursework and projects for students interested in cyber investigations, digital forensics, malware analysis, disaster recovery, vulnerability analysis, incident handling, and partners with industry for cyber workforce focused internships and internal workforce development. The Civil Cyber Forensics and Data Analytics Departments support industry and community partners through services such as digital device audits, data analysis, recovery of data and provides civil legal support for cases such as breach of contract, child support.custody, divorce, probate, copyright issues. These activities allow our students who are industry certified examiners before graduation to gain real-world relevant skills practice and knowledge.
The CACE CFD operates a state of the art digital forensics lab equipped with the latest industry-standard equipment and software for Forensics Recovery of Evidence Devices (FRED) manufactured by Digital Intelligence, the latest versions of FTK software suite, and EnCase software suite, Cellebrite Universal Forensics Extraction Device Touch (UFED) with Physical Extractor/Analyzer and related equipment and software such as Lantern 4 (a logical extraction suite for IOS and Android phones), Mobile Phone Examiner, and Internet Evidence Finder. The Academic Affairs Department has a digital forensics training package that can provide training for up to 30 students simultaneously on computers that replicate FRED operations and capabilities. CACE CFD also operates a a Social Media Analytics capability withing the Data Analytics Department.
The Academic Affairs and Civil Cyber Forensics are located in Solms Hall, 206.
The CACE Civil Cyber Forensics Department can provide a wide range of services involving the forensic examination of computers, cell phones, smartphones, and other electronic devices:
- Case by case civil legal evaluation for each cyber investigative initiative
- Imaging of digital storage devices with confirmation of evidential integrity.
- Data preservation and recovery services.
- Identify and recover erased or deleted data (Pictures, Cell phone calls, Email, Text messages, Files, and User activity).
- Document user and file activity
- Data sifting that includes advanced keyword searches, date searching, and data segregation.
- Data Linking
- Authenticate data files.
- Provide a historical record of the content of files, including recovered data and files.
- On-scene recovery and preservation of volatile memory in forensically sound manner
- Properly prepare and package electronic storage devices for evidence
- Conduct proactive computer system audits
- Data wiping service
- Device Audits
- Vulnerability Assessments to include personnel, physical security, and network analysis
The CACE Data Analytics Department can provide a wide range of services involving the analysis of keywords, hashtags, performance indicators, key influencers, and other related data analytics to help with:
- Business Decisions
- Customer Service
- Reputation Management