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Maryland Students Analyze the Evidence in the First Annual Maryland Digital Forensics Investigation Challenge Nov. 29

By PGS Staff

In this digital age, cybercrime is a scary reality for businesses and citizens. From online identify theft to sophisticated hacker attacks, cybercrime is happening just as quickly as modern technology is developing.

In an effort to fight cybercrime, and nurture new digital professionals, Prince George’s Community College will hold the first annual Maryland Digital Forensics Investigation Challenge on Thursday, November 29. The event will test Maryland high school, community college and university students working in up to teams of four as they analyze the evidence and solve a mock cybercrime in 20 minutes. It will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the college’s Queen Anne Fine Arts and Largo Student Center.

“The goal of the challenge is to engage the digital forensics community as they cultivate new cyber professionals and pioneer new investigative tools, techniques and methodologies,” said Prince George’s Community College Professor of Information and Engineering Technology and CyberWatch Program Manager Michael Burt in a press release.  “This event will connect senior cyber professionals and Maryland students interested in digital forensics and cyber investigation.”

Students taking part in the challenge will conduct the investigation process from start to finish, including drafting a search warrant affidavit, crime scene processing, and testifying in a mock trial. Winners from each category will be invited to tour the Pentagon and meet senior Department of Defense cyber leadership on November 30.

Top cyber lecturers are scheduled to speak during the event. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland), National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Leader Ernest McDuffie, and Prince George’s Community College Foundation, Inc. President Haden Land, who is also vice president of Engineering & Chief Technology Officer at Lockheed Martin IS&GS Civil Product Line, were also invited to speak.

The first annual Maryland Digital Forensics Investigation Challenge is sponsored by Prince George’s Community College, CyberWatch at Prince George’s Community College, and the Local Advisory Council for Career and Technical Education of Prince George’s County.

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Posted on Prince George’s Suite using PGS Staff Byline – Friday, November 16, 2012

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