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UNM Students Participate in Digital Forensics Training at Buffalo Thunder Resort

March 1, 2010

Albuquerque, NM -- Students in the Information Assurance program at the University of New Mexico were invited to participate in a week-long training course in several areas of digital forensics including host forensics, network reverse engineering, and malware reverse engineering. The intensive hands-on workshop, Tracer Fire II, was held at the Buffalo Thunder Resort in Pojoaque, New Mexico and hosted by the Los Alamos National Labs. The training course is designed to educate and test cyber-incident response teams. Students and professionals of all skill levels were invited to attend the event which included local law enforcement departments as well as DOE cyber responders.

The training was held Monday through Friday and was broken up into two parts. The first two days consisted of interactive training sessions to familiarize attendees with current technologies. The skills learned in the training sessions were then put to the test in the remaining three days. Attendees broke up into teams and competed against one another by solving logic puzzles, breaking codes, and hacking machines. The challenges tested the abilities of the individuals in responding to cyber attacks in a real-world setting.

The primary focus of the training was geared towards assistance for the incident responders, specifically Rapid Response Cyber Forensics (RRCF) practitioners. RRCF is based on analyzing networks and defending against attacks rather than analyzing evidence after it has been attacked then presenting it in a court of law.

"This DOE Computer Forensics Training Seminar was very enlightening", said UNM student Shantelle Williams. "I was exposed to many new cyber forensics tools and concepts. As I advance in the Information Assurance program, I hope to gain further knowledge that will better prepare me for future Rapid Response Computer Forensic courses. The field is on the cutting-edge of technology and is crucial to our continued existence in the cyber world. I am thrilled for the opportunity to be a part of it."

The University of New Mexico is the only institution with a graduate Information Assurance program combining the efforts of the national labs, the NSA and DHS, and the FBI’s Regional Computer Forensics Lab (RCFL) in a management school in order to serve the growing demand for a skilled information assurance workforce. For more information about the Information Assurance program visit


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