Spending bill funds BU's Center for Computer Forensics Research

For immediate release: March 20, 2009

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania received $200,000 through the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act to expand its Center for Computer Forensics Research. The funding was facilitated by U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski and Sen. Bob Casey.

The grant will allow the center to expand partnerships between BU and law enforcement agencies by providing training, service and research related to extracting information from digital media. Nearly $13 million in funding was allocated in the Omnibus Appropriations Act for 25 projects in Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District.

"I am pleased that these local projects will receive this long-awaited funding," Kanjorski said. "This funding, in addition to support from the recovery package, will greatly benefit Northeastern Pennsylvania and help the region grow during these difficult economic times."

Major goals of BU's Center for Computer Forensics Research are:

- Provide a "clean" environment with the latest equipment and software that law enforcement personnel may use while conducting investigations.

- Develop a series of training seminars for law enforcement personnel emphasizing the practical applications of hardware and software for conducting computer forensic investigations.

- Serve as a national resource center for law enforcement and government personnel.

"We are delighted to receive funds that will allow us to expand the Center for Computer Forensics Research," said BU President David Soltz. "This center has the potential to reach law enforcement entities across the nation and serve as a model for future collaborative efforts as digital information storage grows in sophistication and volume."

The Center for Computer Forensics Research builds upon BU's recently established bachelor's degree program in computer forensics. The program combines computer science training with specialized courses in computer forensics, criminal justice, ethics and accounting fraud.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.