Defense lab accredited in computer forensics

CLEARWATER, Fla.'After years of work, the Defense Computer Forensics Laboratory'part of the DOD Cyber Crime Center (DC3)'has been accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board.

Ralph Keaton, executive director of ASCLD/LAB, presented the certificate of accreditation to representatives of DCFL Jan. 10 during the first day of the DOD Cyber Crime Conference.

The effort to become accredited began in late 1998, but 'the focused campaign probably took 18 months or so,' said Steven Shirley, executive director of DC3. The DCFL becomes the 10th and, with 88 employees, the largest accredited digital crime lab in the world, he said.

The DCFL provides digital evidence processing, analysis and diagnostics for any Defense Department investigation that requires computer forensic support to detect, enhance or recover digital media, including audio and video. The lab's several sections provide services for criminal, counterintelligence, counterterrorism and fraud investigations of Defense criminal investigative organizations and DOD counterintelligence activities, as well as safety investigations, Inspector General-directed inquiries and commander inquiries.

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