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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The cybersecurity team at LSU got $1 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help combat terrorism and online crime.

The university said Golden Richard, professor in the Division of Computer Science and Engineering in the LSU College of Engineering, and Aisha Ali-Gombe, associate professor in the Division of Computer Science and Engineering in the LSU College of Engineering, were both awarded $500,000 for their respective projects.

The projects will be focused on solving the recent challenges of major hacks completed by foreign adversaries.

Due to the recent hacks, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has mandated that all agencies affected implement memory forensics. The challenge is that memory forensics “requires deep technical expertise.” Richard wants to be able to alleviate that concern with his project.

“We want to make memory forensics more accessible, so it can be used to target new and evolving threats,” Richard said. “Our research will integrate the Structured Threat Information Expression, or STIX, language – one of the most common ways investigators describe, document, and communicate cyber incidents – with the open-source Volatility Framework, the most widely used memory forensics toolset.”

The other project focused on combating terrorism and online crime is being led by Ali-Gombe. According to a release from LSU, this project will focus on “recovering code and reconstruct processes on Android devices.”

“What we’re working on can be used to investigate illegal activities on Android smartphones, including cryptocurrency transactions and chat data between terrorists on end-to-end encrypted social media platforms,” said Ali-Gombe. “Also, we can help recover and provide context to deleted activities and messages.”

Several undergraduate and graduate students at LSU are assisting with the research in both projects.

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