BU digital forensics major places in top 10 percent

For Immediate Release:  January 17, 2014

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania student Andy Rector, a digital forensics major from Mifflinburg, placed in the top 10 percent in the recent Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) Digital Forensics Challenge, a 10-month international competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense.

The DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge was conducted online with challenges ranging from novice to developer. Rector placed 21st out of 317 teams alongside students, civilians and corporate competitors and was fourth among undergraduates while individually representing Bloomsburg University as his team.

The competition was made up of 26 scenario-based exercises to be solved through investigative forensics tools, techniques and methods. Digital forensics, a branch of forensic science, encompasses the process of uncovering and interpreting electronic data from computers and other digital technology for use in a court of law. The goal is to preserve evidence and use the data that was uncovered to reconstruct past events.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.