Attorney General Jackley’s Consumer Protection Division and Dakota State University Partner in Joint Cybercrime Initiative

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley and Dakota State University President José-Marie Griffiths announced today the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division and Dakota State University (DSU) have entered into a joint powers agreement to effectively combat cybercrime.

“As my Consumer Protection Division can attest, it is clear that South Dakota businesses, government entities and citizens are continuing to see an increase in cyber-related crime,” said Jackley. “Our law enforcement officers are going to need the most current digital forensic education and investigative tools to fight this growing area of crime and DSU can provide the necessary educational and forensic analysis components.”

“Dakota State has a long history of excellence in technology education, and we have a rising future in the areas of digital forensics and cyber research,” said Griffiths, “so we stand ready to provide the state’s law enforcement with forensic services and training in the most current and effective techniques to solve cybercrimes.”

The agreement will allow South Dakota law enforcement officers to tap into the DSU faculty, who have been recognized in digital forensics and cyber security education and research by the United States National Security Agency and the United States Department of Homeland Security. DSU faculty will provide digital forensics education, training and services for agencies throughout South Dakota. In addition, a statewide digital forensic center at the DSU campus that will provide information and services to the Division of Consumer Protection and to law enforcement agencies within South Dakota.

If you have any additional questions, contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Office at 1-800-300-1986 or consumerhelp@state.sd.us.