Former DCI Member Will Help Law Enforcement Investigate Cyber Crimes


Every 39 seconds, one in three Americans is the victim of a cyber crime. Keeping up with hackers is hard, because technology is constantly changing. 

Imagine someone broke into your garage. 

“You’d call law enforcement right away. No one would hesitate when they’d notice their door was broken into,” Trevor Jones, Director of Digital Forensic Services at Dakota State University, said. 

When someone picks the lock to your computer, Jones says people don’t always report it. 

“The only one that wins in this current scenario is the bad guy,” Jones said. 

After nearly 30 years in law enforcement, Jones is rebooting his career. On Thursday, Jones shared his expertise at a cyber security event in Sioux Falls. The Better Business Bureau Foundation, SDN Communications, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center and KELOLAND Media Group sponsored the event. 

“Hopefully I’m a good conduit between the academic side, you know, DSU has a great reputation and then the law enforcement side,” Jones said. 

Jones will show officers how to investigate and solve cyber crimes.  He says it’s no different from learning how to collect DNA samples and evidence from physical crimes. 

“Well, this is the same way. The evidence of the crime is on, possibly, your computer. We just got to give those law enforcement professionals ways to acquire the particular evidence and do it in a way they can use in a court of law,” Jones said. 

Jody Gillaspie, Director of the Consumer Protection Division with the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office, hopes this helps. She says the number of people reporting cyber crimes is climbing. 

“In order for us to do better for our consumers or for the state of South Dakota, we have to stay apprised of what these scam artists are doing,” Gillaspie said. 

Jones hopes, together, he and DSU are the key to keeping your information locked down. 

“Hopefully understanding that cop world, they understand the cyber world, with input from both sides; we can come up with a good solution to address the problem cyber security is,” Jones said. 

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