U.S. Secret Service leadership visits TU

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The agency's director and deputy director toured the Cell Phone Forensic Facility and met with Cyber Corps students.

Secret-Service-Director The senior leadership of the U.S. Secret Service toured the Cell Phone Forensic Facility in July 2010. The facility, operated in partnership between the agency and The University of Tulsa opened two years earlier, in July 2008, and was developed based on TU’s well-established expertise in information security.

U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan and Deputy Director Keith L. Prewitt toured the cell phone facility and met with students from TU’s Cyber Corps Program. The visit was part of a two-day meeting on TU’s campus hosted by the U.S. Secret Service’s Tulsa Resident Office, which included U.S. Secret Service executives and supervisors from more than 60 offices around the world.

During the tour, Sullivan said TU’s cutting-edge facility, which continually researches new devices, operating systems and cell phone technologies, provides valuable tools in the U.S. Secret Service’s fight against cybercrime.

Because of the widespread use of cell phones and GPS units in modern society, many crimes involve a mobile communications device as an “evidence container.” Digital evidence recovered from these devices can be critical to investigators. The Cell Phone Forensic Facility at TU develops techniques, tools and training to support Secret Service’s Electronic Crimes Special Agent Program (ECSAP) agents, as well as the larger U.S. law enforcement community.

Since the doors opened in 2008, the facility has hosted nine basic and advanced training classes for nearly 130 federal, state and local law enforcement agents and other government personnel. TU graduate and undergraduate students taught some of the course modules. The attendees were trained regarding current cybersecurity issues and were equipped with tools needed to complete forensic examinations on mobile devices.

The U.S. Secret Service also recognized the lab for its ongoing work. The Director’s Recognition Award was given to Professor Sujeet Shenoi, who runs the TU Cyber Corps Program, in appreciation for his many contributions in support of the U.S. Secret Service mission and the selfless commitment to the ideals and principles of law enforcement. Shenoi also is the university’s F.P. Walter Professor of Computer Science.

Mona Chamberlin