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2010 Faculty & Staff News

Dr. Glenn Dardick has been appointed a fellow at the African Center for Cyberlaw and Cybercrime Prevention (ACCP)

February 22, 2010

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Dr. Glenn Dardick, Associate Professor of Information Systems, has been appointed a fellow at the African Center for Cyberlaw and Cybercrime Prevention (ACCP).

The ACCP's mission is to "explore and understand Internet; to study its development, dynamics, norms, and standards in Africa; to assess the need or lack thereof for laws and sanctions and to enhance the knowledge about online fraudulent strategies commonly used by criminals in exploiting people." The Center was founded in 2009 by the United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders.

Dardick is the founding editor of The Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law, a unique academic journal focusing on digital forensics and its relationship to cyber security and law. The journal and a related annual conference, both launched in 2006, are part of the Association of Digital Forensics, Security and Law (ADFSL), based at Longwood, which he also started. The quarterly journal, available both in print and online, has subscribers in more than a half-dozen foreign countries, including Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Australia. The electronic version of the journal has been added to the databases of research libraries ProQuest and EBSCOhost, making it available in most libraries.

"The journal is the only one I know of that focuses on the intersection of digital forensics, security, and law," said Dardick, an expert in digital forensics. "There are some journals that are about digital forensics, but there aren't any focused on covering the intersection of all three topics. The journal is also curriculum-oriented and focuses on curriculum in addition to general research."

The nonprofit ADFSL supports the journal, a list server in support of the journal, the conference and other issues relating to digital forensics, security, and law. Dardick is the organizer conference and chaired the first two conferences. Last year's conference, in Burlington, Vt., drew about 40 people. This year's conference will be May 19-21 in St. Paul, Minn.

Digital forensics is the acquisition and interpretation of electronic evidence. Dardick works as a consultant on civil and criminal investigations and has testified in federal and state court on behalf of plaintiffs, defendants, public defenders, and federal defenders.

Dardick is a member of a team of researchers from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia that conducts an annual study in which they analyze data recovered from discarded or recycled hard drives purchased on the open market in several countries. When the team released findings in spring 2009 revealing that many of these second-hand hard drives contained sensitive personal data and national security information, Dardick was quoted extensively in newspaper and magazine articles and appeared as a guest on TV news programs.

Dardick has been an invited speaker at conferences and universities in Australia, South Africa, and South Korea. He is a member of the advisory board of the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Ariz., and an adjunct professor at Edith Cowan University in Australia, where he speaks and conducts research.