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Harding University to Open Digital Forensics Lab

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Harding University plans to open a digital forensics lab this fall in the Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration, a facility it says will be the first of its kind at a higher education institution in Arkansas.

Funding for the lab comes from a “generous” anonymous donation, university President Mike Williams said in a statement.

Sophomores, juniors and seniors across Harding’s cybersecurity, computer science, forensic science and criminal justice programs will have the opportunity to learn advanced digital forensics at the lab, the university in Searcy said in a news release. Students will complete training and coursework before beginning their work at the lab.

“Upon noticing the lack of hands-on opportunities for digital forensics in higher education, we developed this innovative solution that will best prepare our students for a dynamic job market,” Allen Frazier, dean of the Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration, said in the release. “The reactions so far have been overwhelmingly positive across the board, and we cannot wait to see the lab’s impact on the campus community this fall and beyond.”

The new lab, sponsored by LeadsOnline, will be renovated in a 1,000-SF classroom previously designated as public lab space in the Mabee Business Building.

John Stone, assistant professor of cybersecurity, will provide continued oversight for the lab upon its opening, while Jeff Cavitt, a 2009 Harding alumnus, will manage its day-to-day operations.

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