Troy University Computer Forensics Institute named a 2013 IDG’s computerworld Honors Program Laureate. Troy was the only university to be recognized in the safety and security category.
The award was given based on a case study selected for more than 700 nominations and is one of 269 Laureates from 29 countries.
“It’s an international award, so many organizations from around the world participate,” said Greg Price, the University’s chief technology officer.
“It’s an honor for us, and it represents the university well. We are the only university in the safety division that has been reward this award twice.”
The Computerworld honors Program is divided up into 11 categories: collaboration, economic development, emerging technology, health, human services, innovation, mobile access, philanthropy, safety and security, sustainability and world-good. Established in 1988, and celebrating its 25th anniversary, The Computerworld Honors Program brings together the men, women, organizations and institutions around the world whose visionary applications of information technology promote positive social, economic and educational change.
The institute received the award for two programs that they created. The institutes design on new computer forensics reporting software and a new mapping solution for criminal activity related to crimes against children.
“One of the things that we were seeing a lot when we would get involved in criminal investigation was that sex offenders were not properly registered,” Price said.
“In some instances, sex offenders were registering, but were not complying with regulation.”
Price said that the information technology department helps law enforcement to create a real time map that tracks sex offenders.
“This allows the law enforcement to do two things, one being mapping of sex offenders. The map ensures that sex offenders are complying with state law.”
Through this process, IT is able to assist law enforcement officials to verify the address of sex offenders.
The mapping software created assists the police with finding registered sex offenders around the community with a computer. The offenders are pinpointed with their address. With this software police are able to track offenders and stop them from committing crimes.
“Our renewed efforts with law enforcement and creation of new methodologies and technologies for combating crimes against children are proving beneficial to youth beyond the borders of our state.” said Greg Price, the university’s chief technology officer, “This year, we are humbled to be honored again, and are thrilled to accept the award on behalf of Troy University.”
Laureates’ achievements will be recognized publicly at the Computerworld Honors Laureate Ceremony and Awards Gala being held at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington D.C. on June 3, 2013.
During this black tie ceremony, honorees are presented with a medallion inscribed with the program’s mission, “A Search for New Heroes.” Five Laureates from each of the 11 Honors categories will be named as finalists for a 21st Century Achievement Award. One finalist in each category will be named at the gala.