One student who will be involved in the partnership is Jason Moore of Branford, Conn., a graduate student in computer science. He got accepted into an extremely competitive internship from MITRE Corp., supporting a sponsored work program at DC3. Moore will participate in research and development activities at DC3’s Defense Cyber Crime Institute (DCCI) and assist in the development, testing and evaluation of tools and techniques in multiple areas, including mobile device analysis and network forensics.
MITRE, based in McLean, Va., is a not-for-profit organization that operates federally funded research and development centers, such as the National Security Engineering Center and the Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute.
It seeks to provide engineering, research and development, and information technology in support of the U.S. government.
“As part of our work program at DC3, we regularly bring in promising student interns, usually graduate students, who have a strong interest in the digital forensics disciplines,” said David W. Baker, associate department head at MITRE. “The internships at MITRE are pretty competitive. We want to have successful outcomes, and we consider each internship an opportunity for the intern to try out MITRE and for us to try out the intern.”
A Promising Field
Cyber forensics was identified as a promising field by UNH two years ago, and faculty searches were activated in two colleges to develop expertise, said Ron Harichandran, dean of the Tagliatela College of Engineering.
“We were thrilled to hire Abe Baggili last fall to lead the initiative in computer science,” he said.
Baggili was formerly the director of the Advanced Cyber Forensics Research Laboratory in the College of Technological Innovation at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. Prior to his post in the UAE, Baggili was at Purdue’s College of Technology, where he earned his Ph.D., and he also was a researcher at the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) and Purdue’s Cyber Forensics Laboratory.
Baggili and his students, including Moore, recently discovered vulnerabilities in both WhatsApp and Viber applications that affect millions of users. Their work resulted in worldwide news coverage.
“We are working to become the most prominent university in the United States and worldwide in education and research in cyber forensics,” said Baggili. “Our goal is not to consume knowledge, but to create knowledge and impact, and help the world become a safer place. We encourage top students from all over the world interested in fighting cybercrime to join us at UNHcFREG to help us make this impact.”
This story was written by Karen Grava, Director of Media Relations