Civil Air Patrol cadets get up-close look at digital forensics

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 12:35 -- jnorth

Led by Scott Inch, professor of mathematical and digital sciences, the cadets learned how computers store files and what happens when they are deleted. They then put their new knowledge into action by recovering several deleted pictures, also learning about the hidden data often present in various types of files.

CAP Cadets

A group of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadets from across Pennsylvania recently spent a day at Bloomsburg University as part of their summer STEM experience, specifically getting an up-close look at its innovative digital forensics program.

Led by Scott Inch, Ph.D., CCE, professor of mathematical and digital sciences, the group of 14 students learned how computers store files and what happens when they are deleted. The students then put their new knowledge into action by recovering several deleted pictures. The group also learned about the hidden data that is often present in various types of files.

As the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, CAP offers year-round opportunities for youth 12 to 19 years old to fly, hike, camp and learn to lead through its cadet program.

BU offers the only digital forensics bachelor’s degree in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and is Pennsylvania’s Center for Digital Forensics. Graduates of the program work in law enforcement, homeland security agencies, law firms and private companies.

Last year, BU received designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense Education with a focus in the area of digital forensics. The CAE designation, jointly sponsored by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, recognizes BU’s digital forensics program has meet stringent criteria in regards to the curriculum, faculty, research, and demonstrates an institution-wide commitment to information assurance practices and cyber defense education.