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Emerging Technologies: ADM, Hybrids, Computer Forensics, & MEMS

Emerging Technologies: ADM, Hybrids, Computer Forensics, & MEMS

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05/11/2014

The Cyber Security/Computer Forensics Project at Del Mar College, in partnership with
Collin County Community College, Richland College, and Southwest Texas Community
College, received $887,775 from the National Science Foundation to launch a three-year
“Cyber Security/Computer Forensics Project” that will train technicians in the areas of cyber
security, computer forensics, data recovery, and create curricula modules for dissemination to
other Colleges throughout the State and nation (TEES, 2003). The Texas Engineering
Experiment Station (TEES) is administering the project. According to Ira Wilsker, the Director
of the Management Development Program at Lamar Institute of Technology and one of the
project’s co-principal investigators, part of the group’s charge under the grant is to seek
approval from the Texas Higher Education Board for a uniform curriculum in computer
forensics.

The project will identify the KSAs, competencies, course outlines, and textbook
recommendations for a “turnkey” curriculum any College can use to establish a computer
forensics program (Wilsker, 2004). In April 2006, at the end of the grant period, the program
syllabus, curriculum, DACUMs, competencies, and advisory committees created by the
project should be validated, recognized, and complete. The leaders of the project hope to
receive approval from THECB for both an AAS degree and a concentration in computer
forensics by this date.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES FORECAST >> JULY 2004

Del Mar has already purchased five copies of the EnCase forensics software (educational
version) and is in the process of establishing a lab with off-the-shelf networking equipment
and PC hardware. Students who enter the program will have to undergo background checks
and screening. According to Wilsker, who is also a Beaumont police officer, there are a
number of well paying jobs for entry-level computer forensics technicians, who are
appropriately trained, at both public and private institutions.

Larry Lee, Chair of Del Mar’s Department of Computer Science is the project’s principal
investigator. He can be contacted at llee@delmar.edu.

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