A major collaboration between UNM's Anderson School of Management and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will give students an unparalleled opportunity to get education and internships in the field of Information Assurance. The newly-opened New Mexico Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (NMRCFL) is a one-stop, full service forensics laboratory and training center devoted entirely to the examination of digital evidence in support of federal, state, and local criminal and national security investigations.

"UNM is one of only two universities which have been selected to work with the FBI," said Doug Brown, Dean of the Anderson School. "This development will provide training for students, faculty, and law enforcement at all levels. This resource will help keep our community safe."

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III selected the Albuquerque Division because the local law enforcement community demonstrated wide support for an RCFL, and had a large pool of qualified personnel to staff the facility. The NMRCFL will be staffed with personnel from the FBI's Albuquerque Division, the Albuquerque Police Department, Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico State Police and UNM.

UNM's Center for Information Assurance Research and Education (CIARE), housed at the Anderson School, currently offers a computer forensics course that features FBI guest speakers, but the possibilities for students will increase dramatically now that the lab is open, providing students with even greater access to internships and in addition to opportunities for research and program development. The facility will be available to all levels of Anderson students, from those with very little experience to the most advanced forensics classes.

To learn more visit New Mexico Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory. For more information on UNM's CIARE, visit CIARE.

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