Governor Bentley supports cyber-crime lab at The University of Alabama

Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded a $60,000 grant to help the University of Alabama create a new cyber-crime investigations lab.{}{}The grant will help the university's Criminal Justice Department create the Cyber Research and Digital Forensics laboratory. In the lab, trained examiners will analyze devices like cell phones, computer hard drives and even video game systems for digital evidence of cyber crimes. The lab will work for local and national law enforcement agencies to provide evidence for use in cyber-crime prosecutions. "Cyber crime poses an increasing danger as more of our daily transactions are digital and online," Bentley said. "This new lab will have the expertise to uncover digital evidence and give criminals one less place to hide."Students will have an opportunity to gain hands-on research and work experience at the lab through a unique internship program that is unavailable elsewhere in the state, according to university officials.{}{}The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is managing the grant from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Justice. ADECA administers a wide array of programs that support law enforcement and traffic safety, workforce development, energy conservation, water resource management, economic development and recreation.{}