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ASIS 2012: Assa Abloy launches digital keys for mobile phones

Top Priority Sector:  infrastructure_protection Assa Abloy, here at ASIS 2012 in Philadelphia, launched what it calls a mobile “ecosystem” to issue and revoke commercial digital keys on NFC mobile phones, making the devices secure enough to carry access codes that can open doors, cabinets and other secure facilities. Although the company said the application has […]

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Lieberman, Collins question electrical grid digital security certificates

Mark Rockwell Top Priority Sector:  cyber_security In a letter to federal energy regulators, the leaders of the Senate Homeland Security Committee questioned the security of digital certificates used by companies to access the electric industry’s online business systems. Committee chairman […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry…

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Think user not creator should be an adage of the digital age

Too many creators of content only worry about how fast they can create the content rather than worrying about how easy the user will find it to absorb the content. I came to this conclusion after… [Read More…] View full post on IT-Director.com

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NASA SSL Digital Certificate hacked by Iranian Hackers

NASA SSL Digital Certificate hacked by Iranian Hackers Iranian hackers ‘Cyber Warriors Team’ announced in an online post that it compromised an SSL certificate belonging to NASA and subsequently accessed information on thousands of NASA researchers. A space agency representative revealed that they’re currently investigating the incident.<!–…

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NASA SSL Digital Certificate hacked by Iranian Hackers

NASA SSL Digital Certificate hacked by Iranian Hackers Iranian hackers ‘Cyber Warriors Team’ announced in an online post that it compromised an SSL certificate belonging to NASA and subsequently accessed information on thousands of NASA researchers. A space agency representative revealed that they’re currently investigating the incident.<!–…

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IP Video Market Info Reviews the Security Management Digital Edition

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Plymouth County lab digs for digital clues

Know what is on your kid’s cell phone? Tara Cruza does.

Cruza’s job involves scanning hard drives, dumping call logs and text messages from cell phones – all manner of high-tech wizardry that is increasingly an important part of police work.

Cruza, a deputy and chief computer specialist at the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department, runs a forensic computer lab. The program is called HEAT, which stands for High Tech Evidence Analysis Team.

She first worked with the sheriff as an intern at Bridgewater State College in 1999, then in the school’s IT department before taking over the HEAT lab last July.

Every day, Cruza does computer work as part of police investigations for the many communities in Plymouth County. She also recently participated in Operation Corral, a statewide police child pornography sting that resulted in the arrests of 32 men, including two from Brockton, one from Taunton and one from Middleboro. The HEAT lab, which was started in 2003, also participated in 2006 in the statewide “Operation Trenchcoat,” an online sex sting netted 11 men, including a sitting Plymouth selectman.

Cruza went out with police during the Operation Corral raids, telling police which pieces of technology were important to confiscate. Corral was a large-scale operation in which state police and the attorney general’s office coordinated with local police and sheriff’s departments. However, Cruza said people like the 32 accused pedophiles picked up during the Corral sting are on the Internet constantly.

“Literally, you could do that every day,” she said. “These networks are so extensive and they’re all over the world … They know where to go, they know the keywords.”

Looking through the hard drives confiscated from alleged child pornographers is some of the toughest work Cruza has to do.

“It’s awful,” she said. “Some days I need a break.”

A typical day in the HEAT lab can vary greatly depending on the nature of the cases Cruza is working. For example, if she’s been asked to look into a hard drive, that can take hours simply to copy over the data. Because any interaction with the hard drive could be considered tampering with evidence, Cruza copies the data using a computer named the Forensics Recovery of Evidence Device, or FRED.

“It takes a long time,” she said. “You’re not just booting up a computer and looking at it.”

The type of crime can also vary greatly.

“It seems to come in waves,” Cruza said.

For example, in March she was mostly working on drug cases – before that, a group of sexting issues.

Sexting is another difficult issue, Cruza said, because of how much parents seem to be oblivious to the technology.

“If the parents took the time to look at their kids’ cell phone they would see all that,” she said. “They had it written out for you and you didn’t see it.”

Cruza said she’s always been fascinated by the technology side of law enforcement – her internship coincided with the introduction of the department’s AFIS fingerprint database.

“I think I filed 30,000 fingerprint cards,” she joked.

“It’s kind of like a puzzle,” she added. “I love that it’s detective work and it makes a difference.”

Justin Graeber may be reached at jgraeber@enterprisenews.com or follow him on Twitter @justingraeber

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Article source: http://www.wickedlocal.com/bridgewater/news/x513712895/Plymouth-County-lab-digs-for-digital-clues

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Can the U.S. prevent a digital sneak attack?

How vulnerable is America's tech infrastructure? Security experts gathered in New York City to discuss cyber threats — and how to stop them.

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BSc (Hons) Digital Forensics

Award formally known as BSc Forensic Computing. This award provides a solid grounding in the skills you would need to follow a career in forensic investigation of computer systems and related areas of security. The same skills that enable you to track down evidence also equips you with the skills necessary to help organisations and individuals recover data/information that may have been lost or corrupted as a result of accidental or malicious activity. To find out more about studying at Staffordshire University visit: www.staffs.ac.uk

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Digital forensic report finished for Plunkett case

Although no one has talked about the reason why Nacogdoches County commissioners requested an investigation of Exposition Center Manager Bill Plunkett eight months ago, at least the matter has moved one small step closer to a resolution.

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