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UNH Cyber Crime Researcher Heads International Conference in New Haven

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6/16/2014 9:00 PM
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June 16, 2014

Ibrahim Ibrahim Baggili

NEW HAVEN, CONN. – Nearly 150 top forensic computer scientists from around the world will gather here beginning Sept. 18 to learn about the most recent research in digital forensics and cyber crime.

Organized by the European Alliance for Innovation, the Sixth International Conference on Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime, will take place at the Omni Hotel from Sept. 18 to 20.

Papers presented at the conference are carefully screened by top experts and only about 35 percent of those submitted are chosen, said Ibrahim Baggili, assistant professor of computer science at the University of New Haven’s Tagliatela College of Engineering.  Baggili is the chairman of the conference and head of UNH’s Cyber Forensics Research and Education Group.

“The Internet has made it easier to perpetrate crimes by providing criminals an avenue for launching attacks with relative anonymity,” he said. “The increased complexity of the communication and networking infrastructure is making investigation of the cybercrimes difficult. Clues to illegal activities are often buried in large volumes of data that needs to be sifted through in order to detect crimes and collect evidence.”

Participants in the conference are expected to include not only professors but also law enforcement and national security personal, corporate information assurance experts and telecommunications and finance experts.

“Our goal is to foster the sharing of information among practitioners and researchers from diverse fields,” Baggili said.

Keynote speakers for the conference include Henry C. Lee, chaired professor of forensics at UNH and a renowned forensic scientist who was one of the first in the nation to lead police efforts to solve computer crime, and Douglas White, who leads the National Software Reference Library project for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. 

Conference sponsors include Micro Systemation, a specialist digital forensics company that manufactures tools to recover data from mobile devices.

The steering committee for the conference has begun reviewing papers submitted to the conference and will select those to be presented in the next few weeks. For more information about the conference, go to: http://d-forensics.org/2014/

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