Did you know that you can win 11 possible prizes for helping digital forensics examiners solve real-world challenges and develop new investigative tools, techniques, and methodologies? Today marks the last 35 days available to submit your solutions for the 2010 Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) Digital Forensics Challenge.
The DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge encourages innovation from a broad range of individuals, teams, and institutions to provide technical solutions for computer forensic examiners in the lab as well as in the field. Approximately 25 different challenges ranging from basic forensics to advanced tool development are being provided to all participants.
The challenges are single based challenges and are designed to be unique and separate from one another. Each challenge level establishes the total number of points available per challenge assigned based on its difficulty toward a solution (known to unknown). This is based on the complexity of what a digital forensics examiner normally runs into and has to adjust for/extract/scrutinize in an analysis of those file types for examination problems.
I recently had the opportunity to ask Jim Christy, DC3′s director of Future Exploration and creator of the Digital Forensics Challenge, a few key questions that will help you get to work on solving this year’s challenges.
Jim, why was this public cyber challenge created?
Due to the ever changing technology, we had real-world issues with some aspects of some of our forensic exams at our Defense Computer Forensics Lab (DCFL) and we didn’t have the research and development resources to address them. So we created a contest. And we received solutions that we didn’t previously have which helped solve real cases.