Dakota State University Joins South Dakota Cybercrime Prevention Consortium

Dakota State University Joins South Dakota Cybercrime Prevention Consortium

In a significant move to combat cyber threats, Dakota State University (DSU) has joined the newly formed South Dakota Cybercrime Prevention Consortium. The partnership includes the South Dakota Fusion Center (SDFC) and the state Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT).

The consortium aims to blend the capabilities of each entity to effect cybercrime prevention, intelligence, digital forensics, and open-source intelligence (OSINT) operations. “As cybercriminals increasingly target our local governments and essential services, the South Dakota Cybercrime Prevention Consortium is critical for South Dakota,” said Dr. Ashley Podhradsky, Vice President for Research & Economic Development at DSU.

DSU brings its academic and research capabilities to the table, particularly cybersecurity and digital forensics. The SDFC, an agency of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, will serve as a sentinel to guard against cyber threats and ensure the digital safety of the region, with a focus on intelligence and cyber intelligence.

On the other hand, BIT brings its expertise in protecting the state against cyber threats and ensuring its digital safety, focusing on cyber threat prevention. “Joining this Cybercrime Prevention Consortium amplifies our capabilities by pooling knowledge, resources, and expertise from across sectors,” said Deputy Chief Information Security Officer Miguel Penaranda.

The consortium’s objectives include working together on proactive measures like research to prevent cyber threats, collaborating on investigations by optimizing resources and expertise, gathering and analyzing OSINT, and mitigating the risk of cyber threats by engaging in security assessments and analyzing cyberattacks against government resources.

You can read the full article at KXLG.