LSU Awarded $1M for Cybersecurity Work Using Memory Forensics to Fight Terrorism, Online Crime

January 11, 2024

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LSU cybersecurity faculty members Golden Richard and Aisha Ali-Gombe have each received half a million dollars from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help advance their work in memory forensics, a frontier field in digital investigations.

The team at LSU is one of the leading developers of memory forensics in the world, leveraging its ability to document short-term memory on computers and digital devices to fight online crime and terrorism in ways that seem almost supernatural compared with traditional digital forensics.

“Malware and cyberattacks now routinely leave no traces on non-volatile data storage devices,” Richard said, adding that giving investigators more access to memory forensics allows them to target new and evolving threats.