Alabama Governor Awards Grant to College to Create Cybercrimes Investigation Lab

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley wants to fight cybercrime and he's willing to spend a little of the State's cash to do it. Gov. Bentley has awarded a $60,000 grant to help the University of Alabama create a new cyber-crime investigations lab. This grant will help the university’s Criminal Justice Department create the Cyber Research and Digital Forensics laboratory.

This will provide trained examiners with the tools they need to analyze devices like cell phones, computer hard drives and even video game systems for digital evidence of cyber crimes. The lab will work for local and national law enforcement agencies to provide evidence for use in cyber-crime prosecutions.

"Cyber crime poses an increasing danger as more of our daily transactions are digital and online," Bentley said. "This new lab will have the expertise to uncover digital evidence and give criminals one less place to hide."

Students will have an opportunity to take part in gain hands-on research and gain work experience at the lab through a unique internship program that is unavailable elsewhere in the state, according to university officials.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is managing the grant, which came from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Source: ABC 3340

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