Centers and Organizations

Below is a list of centers and organizations that specialize in furthering community awareness, educational programs, and law enforcement resources in the areas of digital forensics and cyber security.


CyberWatch is an Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Center, headquartered at Prince George’s Community College and funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The CyberWatch mission is to increase the quantity and quality of the information assurance (that is, cybersecurity) workforce. The CyberWatch goals are focused on information assurance (IA) education at all levels, from elementary through graduate school, but especially the community college level, and include curriculum development, faculty professional development, student development, career pathways, and public awareness. [Find out more.]

CyberWatch K-12

The CyberWatch K12 Division extends the CyberWatch Mission to the K-12 Community. Its mission is to improve the quality and quantity of the Cybersecurity workforce. The K-12 Division Goals include increasing: the Cybersecurity workforce pipeline, community awareness of Cybersecurity workforce needs, community awareness of Cyber-ethics, safety and security, and security of K-12 IT systems. [Find out more.] is the federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online. The Federal Trade Commission manages, in partnership with the federal agencies listed here. is a partner in the Stop.Think.Connect. campaign, led by the Department of Homeland Security, and part of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. [Find out more.]

The Honeynet Project

The Honeynet Project is a leading international security research organization, dedicated to investigating the latest attacks and developing open source security tools to improve Internet security. With Chapters around the world, their volunteers have contributed to fight again malware (such as Confickr), discovering new attacks and creating security tools used by businesses and government agencies all over the world. The organization continues to be on the cutting edge of security research by working to analyze the latest attacks and educating the public about threats to information systems across the world. Founded in 1999, The Honeynet Project has contributed to fight against malware and malicious hacking attacks and has the leading security professional among members and alumni. [Find out more.]

High Technology Crime Investigation Association

The High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) is designed to encourage, promote, aid and effect the voluntary interchange of data, information, experience, ideas and knowledge about methods, processes, and techniques relating to investigations and security in advanced technologies among its membership. [Find out more.]

Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

The ICAC Task Force Program was created to assist state and local law enforcement agencies by enhancing their investigative response to technology facilitated crimes against children. Their Program is proud to be an essential part of this mission. In addition to providing training to Task Force and their Affiliate agencies, we also offer technical assistance services. Technical assistance can take many forms, such as delivering specialized training, providing model policies or even assisting a Task Force with securing an experienced and knowledgeable presenter for a conference they are sponsoring. [Find out more.]

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, (NCMEC), is a private, (501)(c)(3) nonprofit organization which was created in 1984. The mission of the organization is to serve as the nation’s resource on the issues of missing and sexually exploited children. The organization provides information and resources to law enforcement, parents, children including child victims as well as other professionals. [Find out more.]

National White Collar Crime Center

The mission of the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) is to provide training, investigative support and research to agencies and entities involved in the prevention, investigation and prosecution of economic and high-tech crime. A non-profit membership organization dedicated to supporting Law Enforcement in the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of economic and high-tech crime, NW3C has been continuously funded through competitive grants for over three decades. NW3C membership consists of Law Enforcement agencies from all 50 states and four continents. While NW3C has no investigative authority itself, its job is to help law enforcement agencies better understand and utilize tools to combat economic and high-tech crime. [Find out more.]

DoD Cyber Crime Center

The Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) sets standards for digital evidence processing, analysis, and diagnostics for any DoD investigation that requires computer forensic support to detect, enhance, or recover digital media, including audio and video. The center assists in criminal, counterintelligence, counter-terrorism, and fraud investigations of the Defense Criminal Investigative Organizations (DCIOs) and DoD counterintelligence activities. It also supports safety investigations and Inspector General and commander-directed inquiries. DC3 aids in meeting intelligence community document exploitation objectives from a criminal law enforcement forensics and counterintelligence perspective. DC3 provides computer investigation training to forensic examiners, investigators, system administrators, and any other DoD members who must ensure Defense information systems are secure from unauthorized use, criminal and fraudulent activities, and foreign intelligence service exploitation. DC3 remains on the leading edge of computer technologies and techniques through research, development, testing, and evaluation applied to digital evidence processing and computer forensic analysis; and by partnering with governmental, academic, and private industry computer security officials. [Find out more.]

United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team

US-CERT's mission is to improve the nation's cybersecurity posture, coordinate cyber information sharing and proactively manage cyber risks to the nation while protecting the constitutional rights of Americans. US-CERT vision is to be a trusted global leader in cybersecurity - collaborative, agile, and responsive in a complex environment. Information is available from the US-CERT web site, mailing lists, and RSS channels. US-CERT also provides a way for citizens, businesses, and other institutions to communicate and coordinate directly with the United States government about cyber security. [Find out more.]


The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Its programs now reach more than 165,000 security professionals around the world. A range of individuals from auditors and network administrators, to chief information security officers are sharing the lessons they learn and are jointly finding solutions to the challenges they face. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners in varied global organizations from corporations to universities working together to help the entire information security community. [Find out more.]

IEEE Technology Navigator - Cyber Security

IEEE is the worlds largest professional association for the advancement of technology. From the IEEE Technology Navigator, users can access over 1,200 resources related to cyber security. This includes industry sectors, IEEE organizations, conferences and workshops, periodicals, standards, educational resources, and IEEE Xplore articles. [Find out more.]

NIST - National Institute of Standards and Technology

The NIST's Computer Security Division's mission is to provide standards and technology to protect information systems against threats to the confidentiality of information, integrity of information and processes, and availability of information and services in order to build trust and confidence in Information Technology (IT) systems. [Find out more.]

Internet Security Alliance

The Internet Security Alliance is a multi-sector trade association established in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University in 2000. ISA represents an array of organizations concerned with information security from the aviation, banking, communications, defense, education, financial services, insurance, manufacturing, security and technology sectors. The ISA mission is to combine advanced technology with business economics and public policy to create a sustainable system of world-wide cyber security. [Find out more.]

NCSA's mission is to educate and therefore empower a digital society to use the Internet safely and securely at home, work, and school, protecting the technology individuals use, the networks they connect to, and our shared digital assets. NCSA builds strong public/private partnerships to create and implement broad reaching education and awareness efforts to empower users at home, work and school with the information they need to keep themselves, their organizations, their systems, and their sensitive information safe and secure online and encourage a culture of cybersecurity. [Find out more.]