DC3 Mission

A Federal Cyber Center that delivers innovative capabilities and expertise to enable and inform law enforcement,
cybersecurity, and national security partners.

What We Do

DC3 offers a range of integrated services, including cyber training, digital and multimedia forensics, vulnerability disclosure,
cybersecurity support to the Defense Industrial Base, analysis and operational enablement, and advanced technical solutions and capabilities.

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If you have any questions, please contact Cyber Forensics Laboratory Customer Support at afosi.dc3.cflintake@us.af.mil.

Does my institution qualify for CDFAE designation?

The CDFAE program offers designations to accredited, non-profit, academic programs that confer a digital forensics-related degree. To receive CDFAE designation, an institution's accredited academic program must map courses against a common core curriculum.

Why should my institution pursue CDFAE designation?

The United States is in a cybersecurity workforce deficit. More than ever, organizations need to plan for the future as significant shifts in cyber operations accelerate globally. Digital forensics skill sets provide crosscutting application to multiple fields.

In its strictest connotation, digital forensics is the application of computer science and investigative procedures involving the examination of digital evidence, including proper search authority, chain of custody, validation with mathematics, use of validated tools, repeatability, reporting, and expert testimony.

Beyond traditional legal purposes, the same techniques, scientific rigor, and procedural precision now support the range of military operations and course of action (examples: computer network operations and counterintelligence objectives).

CDFAE serves as a prime avenue for cultivating leaders to meet evolving objectives across the digital forensics and cyber communities, as it is vital to protect, investigate, and serve public, private, and national goals.

What are the benefits to the students?

Military Students: Earn college credits for completed DC3 Cyber Training Academy courses

Civilian Students: Earn DoD certifications after graduation and hired within DoD and Federal government

Students who complete the program will:

  • Have a DoD-recognized skill set and awareness of current issues facing digital forensics investigators and examiners.
  • Be valued for their highly desirable and unique skill sets.
  • Be capable of using current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for digital forensic examination of digital media, files, operating systems, devices, networks, and applications for discovery and recovery of evidence.
  • Have the aptitude to design, implement, and evaluate a system, process, component, or program to meet digital forensic needs.
  • Appreciate professional, ethical, legal, security, social, and continuing education and development responsibilities.

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