In 2004, Sam Houston State University established the Center of Excellence in Digital Forensics. The center is dedicated to preparing digital forensics professionals through teaching, training and research. The Center of Excellence in Digital Forensics has a dedication to developing new approaches in the detection, preservation and analysis of digital evidence. The Center also provides databases to facilitate digital forensic profiling, digital fraud investigation. The Center maintains software and hardware tools to improve data detection/recovery and network security.
New developments in the digital world challenge law enforcement, legal and judicial professionals to maintain current proficiencies concerning legal issues and technical aspects in the rapidly changing environment. Digital Crime encompasses not only new crimes but traditional crimes committed using digital techniques. The boundaries of forensic science are expanding, and so is the need for trained professionals. The Center of Excellence in Digital Forensics provides a mechanism to meet these challenges.