9/11 cyber forensics tools a Murdoch exclusive

September 12, 2013

A Murdoch University researcher is helping develop one of the most effective and sophisticated cyber forensics technologies in the world, one which helped gather evidence in post-9/11 investigations.

Mr Richard Boddington of the School of Engineering and Information Technology said he was approached to work on the suite of tools through his personal security consultancy and immediately saw its potential as a teaching tool for the University.

“Until 2009, the Perlustro computer forensics software was only available to intelligence, military and law enforcement agencies in the USA, where it was used by 90 American Federal agencies as well as by ally countries, notably Australia, for investigations into white collar crimes, child pornography and terrorism,” Mr Boddington said.

“However, the company is now moving into the commercial realm. They contacted me because they wanted a forensics expert to provide feedback on how to best tailor their tools for people working in the field.”

Mr Boddington said Murdoch was currently the only university in Australia being given access to the tools, which his tests have shown can gather 40 to 50 per cent more data than those currently being used by Australian police and cyber investigators.

He said not only were the tools better at gathering information, they preserved evidence in a way as to keep it admissible in criminal trials, which has been a major issue for investigators up until now.

Mr Boddington said he was currently working with a handful of students to evaluate and run tests and added he anticipated having a unit ready for offer to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) undergraduates and postgraduates in 2014.

He is also looking to offer short training courses to ICT professionals, auditors and law enforcement agencies through the University’s Executive Education Centre Division in 2014.

“I look forward to combining Murdoch’s already strong expertise in the analytic/approach side of cyber forensics with elite tools, which should be of interest to researchers, industry, law enforcement and organisations concerned with the rapidly changing world of cyber security,” he said.

“I’m excited. I’ve seen what these tools can do and the results are nothing short of amazing.”

Mr Boddington said he was currently engaging graduates and post-graduates to design simulations of crime scenes and real-world scenarios for authentic teaching.

Information on the Bachelor of Science in Cyber Forensics, Information Security and Management can be found here.

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