This lab is a free resource for law enforcement agencies in South Dakota.
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 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.
Since its founding, the Digital Forensics Lab at DSU has completed over 600 cases handling over 1100 devices. We are experienced, dedicated professionals who are a trusted resource for local, state, and federal law enforcement throughout South Dakota.
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, Vice President of Research and Development, Founding Director- DigForCE Lab, Founder CybHER - Dakota State University
In present times, digital evidence is the cutting edge in law enforcement. Digital evidence is the new DNA. Virtually all crimes that are committed have some sort of digital evidence component. With that being said, the amount of digital evidence that is being collected and submitted for examination in criminal investigations has become astronomical. The partnership between DSU and the DCI has given law enforcement in South Dakota a vital resource for digital forensic services and has resulted in more digital evidence receiving the professional and high-quality forensic attention that it requires and deserves.
-Toby Russell, ICAC Commander – SD Division of Criminal Investigation
Technology is always evolving and a factor for many of the crimes we encounter in law enforcement. The experience and knowledge base of the staff at DSU's Digital Forensics Lab is top notch. They are easy to work with and provide the best service to aid in getting our jobs done, efficiently and effectively.
-Sarina Talich, Sheriff – Lake County, South Dakota
A majority of criminal cases involve digital evidence in some form. DSU’s Digital Forensics Lab offers cutting edge forensic digital processing, with fast and friendly customer service. This allows investigators the ability to get a complete picture of all information that may be available to assist in bring criminal cases to a positive resolution.
-Pat Mertes, Detective – Sioux Falls Police Department
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.
Digital Evidence Submission form - Fillable PDF form that can be completed and emailed prior to submitting evidence or printed and included with submitted evidence. See the directions on the form for further details.
Phone Seizure Quick Reference - Helpful tips on seizing mobile phones.
Lab Flyer - Services offered by the Digital Forensics Lab at DSU.