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UTSA College of Business receives $1 million for digital forensics research.

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Friday, 03 May 2013 19:42 Written by DFM News

Is someone from your organization stealing trade secrets and selling them to your competitors? Does your organization struggle with detecting and stopping Internet attacks? Researchers in the UTSA College of Business have received two grants totaling $1 million to help companies better detect insider threats and enhance computer security.

UTSA researchers were awarded $797,000 in funding from the Naval Postgraduate School, the U.S. Navy's national security research university, as part of a three-year $1.4 million contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate Cyber Security Division.

UTSA researchers will be responsible for developing an algorithm that detects hostile insiders using digital forensics -- the science of discovering, recovering and investigating digital information. The algorithm will help companies detect data exfiltration, employee misconduct and other unauthorized activity that jeopardizes the organization.

"We are pioneering a new approach in insider threat detection using digital forensics and data mining," said Nicole Beebe, UTSA assistant professor of digital forensics and principal investigator of the project. "Previous approaches relied primarily on behavioral analysis from past breaches, but this failed to detect new methods for attacks because no two threats were exactly the same."

The result will be a computer program that will scan an organization's computer systems, analyze the data and present a report on system usage anomalies.

Read on at UTSA Today (03/05/13)

 
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