The speakers in this series are practioners and researchers from all fields that play a role in understanding and addressing computer related crime. Speakers include leading experts in privacy, cyber law, forensics, and computer security. They hold positions in academic institutions, the private sector and at a various government agencies, including the FBI, FDIC, FTC and local area prosecutors’ offices. By bringing these speakers to the College, the Center provides faculty members, students, and the local security, law enforcement and legal community access to the latest developments in computer security and cybercrime research. The lectures in the series are increasingly attended by security personnel from banks and financial companies who are struggling to stay ahead of rapidly evolving threats to their systems.
The speaker series also aims to provide opportunities for students at the College to learn about the types of careers available in computer security and cybercrime research and to interact with security and law enforcement practitioners. For example, last year the Center hosted a presentation by representatives of the FBI’s New York cybercrime unit. One of the agents who presented was a recent graduate of John Jay’s M.S. Program in Criminal Justice. In March of this year, David Szuchman, the head of investigations at the Manhattan DA’s office, described that office’s recent initiatives to build new capabilities to address cybercrime and identity theft.