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Internet of Things

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $147,968)

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been defined as a system of interrelated, internet-connected objects that are able to collect and transfer data over a wireless network without human intervention. The personal or business possibilities are endless, but when applying this to criminal acts, identifying evidence and the prosecution of criminal use adds a totally different dimension to the phrase Internet of Things. These crimes are committed using networked computers, handheld devices, and internet technology; some examples include various kinds of theft (financial, identify, etc.), cyber stalking, hijacking accounts on social networking websites, infrastructure intrusions, and hacking (i.e., reconfiguring or reprogramming a system to function in ways not approved by the owner, administrator, or designer). Currently, no database exists on the capabilities of IoT devices for training on options and best practices for handling of evidence to meet judicial standards and privacy concerns.

This proposal will develop

a course of Digital Forensics on IoT devices
a database of IoT device capabilities

and offer

two classroom sessions of this course for the Indiana state and Midwest area
two online sessions of this course for the whole U.S.

to train and support local and national law enforcement officers, public safety officers, and prosecutors with hands-on labs to

prevent, investigate, and respond to crimes committed using IoT devices
identify IoT crimes and trends
make communities aware of their vulnerability to fall victim to IoT crimes
address the ethical and statutory requirements for collection of digital evidence, preparation of case materials for testimony, and proper formatting and evidence authentication for introduction in court

Date Created: December 6, 2021