School of IT Part of Digital Forensics Studies Consortium

Author: News Bureau
Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 9:02 PM
Category: School of Information Technology

Macon, GA

The School of Information Technology at Middle Georgia State College is part of a consortium that soon will give students the chance to study digital forensics online.

The Southeastern Advanced Cybersecurity Education Consortium (ACE) is made up of nine colleges from Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. The consortium's work will be funded by a National Science Foundation grant totaling $1,834,931 over four years. Dr. Kevin Floyd, associate professor of information technology at Middle Georgia State, is managing the work funded by the grant.

Cyber or digital forensics is a means to gather, process, interpret and use digital evidence related to cybercrime. Evidence gathered in cyber forensics investigations often is used in criminal prosecutions. The field also involves the study of evidence from attacks on computer systems to learn how they occurred, the extent of damage and possible means to prevent them from recurring.

Consortium schools will offer online courses in introductory and advanced digital forensics; incident response and network forensics; and Linux administration. The courses will apply toward degree programs, or IT professionals can take them as part of continuing education or retraining.

Although the School of Information Technology at Middle Georgia State already teaches those courses as part of the IT degree program, Floyd's work includes making sure they are consistent among each consortium school. The other schools in the consortium are Daytona State College, South Piedmont Community College, Trident Technical College, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Brevard Community College, Hillsborough Community College, Pensacola State College and St. Johns River State College.

For more information, email Dr. Kevin Floyd at