The Network Intrusion Lab (NIL) launched in January 2017 and is located within the JECTF providing unique opportunities to both law enforcement officers and UA students. The NIL houses a secure research facility where all darknet research and criminal investigations take place, in addition to providing a secured area where live network and malware forensic analyses can be performed.
Additionally, adjacent to the secure research facility is the NIL 30-seat training room, which is regularly utilized for local, state, and federal law enforcement trainings in the areas of digital forensic and darknet investigations, in addition to undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in digital forensics.
Equipment for the NIL was donated by the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Alabama. In February 2017, AG Steve Marshall visited the NIL and spoke to a training class composed of law enforcement officers from around the state.