This lab is a free resource for law enforcement agencies.
Our goals are simple:
We are a team of cybersecurity professionals dedicated to assisting law enforcement with the analysis of information from a variety of digital devices. We have attained a minimum of graduate-level depth in applied research, diverse tactics and techniques in computer forensics and cybercrime. We utilize validated forensic tools that gather digital artifacts which may be evidence for ongoing criminal investigations. We provide a detailed report to law enforcement that can be presented in court if requested by the prosecution.
In technical terms, the Digital Forensics Lab at DSU analyzes and parses files or pieces of information from hard drives, mobile devices, laptops, tablets and IoT devices that will likely reveal valuable evidence that could help apprehend the guilty or exonerate the innocent. In layman's terms, the Digital Forensics Lab helps law enforcement investigate cybercriminals, helps businesses recover from cybercrime and provides intelligence to law enforcement professionals that will assist others working hard to stop cybercrime.
Every smartphone, every computer, every tablet, or smartTv has the capacity to hold valuable evidence. It's important for SD law enforcement to have a place where these items can be examined professionally and ensure the integrity of the item is not compromised.
-Matt Burns, Chief – Sioux Falls Police Department
Almost every crime, conflict, or situation our agency is addressing has digital evidence related to it. Very few agencies have the ability and capacity to process and examine digital evidence. If this evidence is not examined or utilized, cases could go unsolved, not prosecuted, and crime victims crimes will not receive justice. The cost free and professional resource provided by DSU for digital evidence examination, will allow our agencies to fulfill our mission and commitment to the citizens of our communities.
-Dave McNeil, Chief – Aberdeen Police Department
DSU's digital forensic services have provided our department with valuable information on a number of cases. We appreciate their thoroughness and expediency in their work product. I look forward to working with them again.
-Crystal Brady, Lieutenant – Vermillion Police Department
Working with DSU is a force multiplier for law enforcement in our region. They have the knowledge and experience to help us find the evidence and eventually, the truth.
-Brent Gromer, ICAC Commander – SD Division of Criminal Investigation
CyberSecurity threats are always evolving, the research team in the digital forensics lab is committed to finding novel approaches to identify, acquire, preserve and report on cybercrime.
-Dr. Ashley Podhradsky, Associate Dean, Associate Professor, Founding Director- DigForCE Lab, Founder CybHER - Dakota State University
When a hacker gains unauthorized access to system or computer data.
A malicious software designed to cause damage to a device, client or network.
Analyzes and parses files or pieces of information from hard drives, mobile devices, laptops, tablets, IoT devices.
Research existing and emerging digital devices for investigative techniques.
A form of malware that searches and encrypts data, then demands a ransom.