Digital Forensics Research Group
SoC was recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant to fund a Site as one of two sites that make up a broader Center for Advanced Forensic Science Research. Our Site has focus in Digital Forensic Research and brings together more than a dozen active researchers with a range of specialties. The intensified collaboration of an Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) encourages both students and industrial partners to capitalize on faculty foundational knowledge and practical expertise to perform industrially relevant fundamental research. Broader center interaction exposes faculty, students and industrial partners to cross-cutting research issues along with presenting prospects for interdisciplinary and cross-university collaboration.
The Digital Forensics Information Intelligence (DFII) Research Group consist of academic faculty from computing science and information technology, undergraduate and post graduate students, and industry professionals. Click Here for SOC Digital Forensics Capabilities
Michael Black is the lead investigator, bringing several years of forensic experience. Michael has done significant research in data carving, and on discovery of new tools that can be used to locate and retrieve and recover data, and enable forensic experts to succeed in data recovery and establishment of the chain of evidence satisfactory for the courts.
Dr. Jordan Shropshire is an Associate Professor of CIS at the University of South Alabama. His research centers on the technical and strategic aspects of information security. His research is funded by organizations such as the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency. Dr. Shropshire has published articles in journals such as European Journal of Information Systems, Computers & Security, and Journal of Computer Information Systems. He has served as reviewer and ad hoc associate editor for journals such as MIS Quarterly, European Journal of Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, and Information Systems Research. He has completed external reviewers for the National Science Foundation. He has presented research and provides reviews for conferences such as America’s Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), and Hawaiian International Conference on Systems Science (HICSS). Dr. Shropshire completed his PhD in Management Information Systems from Mississippi State University and his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration at the University of Florida.
Dr. Benton is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing at the University
of South Alabama. Prior to joining USA, Dr. Benton was a research scientist at the
University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette). While at UL Lafayette, he served
within the Informatics Research Institute (IRI) and the Center for Advanced Computer
Studies (CACS); he was also a founding member of the Center for Visual and Decision
Informatics (CVDI), the only Nation Science Foundation Industry/University Collaborative
Research Center in Louisiana. Dr. Benton, while associated with UL Lafayette, also
served as Director of Research for Star Software Systems Corporation from 2001 to
2005. He received his B.S. degree in Computer Information Systems (1995) from Loyola
University New Orleans and his M.S. (1997) and Ph.D. (2001) in Computer Science at
UL Lafayette. His research interest lies in the fields of data mining and machine
learning, with a current focus upon advanced pattern mining methods, novel graph mining
algorithms, and applied applications.
Maureen Van Devender is currently an instructor in the School of Computing at the University of South Alabama. She has a BS in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of South Alabama and an MBA from Spring Hill College. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Computing at the University of South Alabama. Her research focuses on health informatics.
Ms. Lucas is currently an Instructor at the University of South Alabama. She has a Master's in Information Systems from the University of South Alabama. She also has a Bachelor's in Management Information Systems with a minor in Computer Science from the University of South Alabama. Her research areas include Big Data, data governance, privacy, cyber assurance, cyber security, and forensics with specific interest in business, education, and non-profit organizations.
David Keeler has worked as a consultant in several different client industries. David's areas of specialty include expertise in a variety of PC and web-based programming languages; data modeling, management and organization; and forensic data analysis. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the states of Alabama and Texas. In addition to his diverse technology knowledge and experience, David has also been an organizational leader, holding management positions in the areas of accounting, finance, operations and marketing.
He has served as an expert witness on technology matters, and has worked extensively with Patent and Intellectual Property issues as they apply to telecommunications and related technologies. He holds a baccalaureate degree in Computer Science and a Master’s in Business Administration.
Les Barnett is the Director of the Center for Forensics, Information Technology, and Security (CFITS) at the University of South Alabama. He brings over 30 years of business management experience, most of which was in the information technology industry. Mr. Barnett was a founder of Omniphone, Inc. and operated that company as president and CEO for twenty years, retiring in 2008. While there, his company developed and provided embedded systems to telephone service providers, including BellSouth, Ameritech, Southwestern Bell, AT&T, Cincinnati Bell and others. In addition to billing, data mining operations were provided as a service, with the emphasis on fraud control, forensics and IT security.
Darren Martin is an seasoned IT professional with experience in managing a large IT organization.
Ms. Tang earned her undergraduate degree in Information Technology at the University of South Alabama School of Computing, where she specialized in Digital Forensics and Networking. Current working on a masters in Software Engineering with Penn State. Ms. Tang is currently a Software/Applications Developer at AM/NS Calvert.