DoD pumps up cybercrime investment

Homeland defence

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has invested in a extensive cybercrime training program with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) that will earn the firm up to $86 million over the next eight years.

Under the contract, CSC will assist the DoD in researching, developing and delivering state-of-the-art computer investigation training courses for military law enforcement professionals. Courses will cover computer search and seizure, computer intrusions and forensic analysis geared to both the prosecution of criminal activities and "counter-intelligence actions".

Analysts at Gartner said that there has been a history of serious underfunding of cybercrime competencies in government. Prior to the DoD deal "total worldwide budget across all nations for cybercrime investigations has not exceeded $20 million annually," according to Gartner research director French Caldwell. ®

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