Texas First-Responder Cyber Security Training (TxFRST)
The University of Texas at Tyler (UT Tyler) has formed a partnership and collaboration with Mississippi State University's (MSU) renowned National Forensics Training Center to provide law enforcement training in computer forensics with the goal of mitigating computer crimes such as child pornography, identity theft, credit card fraud, and terrorism.
The Texas First-Responder Cyber Security Training (TxFRST) program is funded by the Department of Justice to train law enforcement officers to fight cyber crime. It is critical that law enforcement officers have the ability to handle and examine digital evidence. TxFRST is helping to solve this issue by offering training in a broad range of cyber crime areas.
The training program focuses on computer forensic investigations and "bag and tag" (search and seizure) procedures for any criminal activity that involves the use of computers and is critical to the security and safety of American citizens. The training program addresses the established need to train law enforcement personnel and elected judicial officials in effectively preventing and prosecuting cyber crimes.
The TxFRST training is provided at no cost to law enforcement personnel. All meals and lodging needs are provided for trainees attending the program.
The TxFRST training program is located in a state-of-the-art UT Tyler classroom. This facility provides students with hands-on experience with some of the latest tools and equipment in digital forensics. A hands-on approach is crucial in learning the processes of a digital investigation.