Students Become Investigators in Cybercrimes Course

Industry calls for greater cybersecurity awareness have increased as hackers, both lone and state-sponsored, continue to strike U.S. and European digital infrastructure. Public concerns have also risen in parallel, due to not only the number of attacks, but their increasing success.

Excelsior College, home to the National Cybersecurity Institute, offers a number of cybersecurity programs, five of which has been certified to meet all of the elements of the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) Standards. The programs are aimed at developing the next generation of cyber-professionals.

The School of Business and Technology isn’t the only Excelsior school focused on cyber-related issues. Public Service, led by Dean Dr. Robert Waters, also offers a course – Cybercrimes (CJ-386) – which aims to educate future criminal justice leaders on advancements and developments in cyber-crime technologies.

The course is taught by Adjunct Professor Jay Julian, a retired Nassau County Police Officer, U.S. marine, criminologist, and former Surface Transportation Security Inspector for Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where he assessed competencies of graduates of railroad training programs. (It was Julian’s responsibility to ensure surface inspectors were prepared to take on the task of keeping the U.S. passenger and freight rail systems safe.) Julian is an experienced international police instructor, having trained police forces in Kosovo, Iraq, and Indonesia, who understands the world of crime and is tuned to its evolving nature, which makes him a valuable guide for students interested in combating cyber-crime. Professor Julian has over 20 years’ teaching experience both in the classroom and online as well as real world police experiences to share with students.

The 8-week Cybercrimes course places special emphasis on computer child victimization and exploitation, emerging crimes of the Internet such as pharmaceutical sales and the challenges for law enforcement, consumer credit card fraud, Internet gambling, identity theft, criminological causation theories of cybercrime, investigation and prosecution of cybercrimes, as well as, its politics.

Listen to CampusTalk: Julian on Cyber Crime (1 min 46 sec)

Students explore a number of pressing contemporary issues surrounding the exponential growth of computer and Internet crime, motivations of hackers and other cybercrime perpetrators, as well as victimology and legal remedies. In addition, course completers are expected to develop a greater understanding of challenges to cybercrime interdiction on the local, state, national, and international levels.

Course activity requirements include participation in weekly discussions, projects, mid-term examination and a final essay. The online discussions probe each student’s ability to critically think about key cybercrime issues, including predicting criminal behavior, protecting children from online predators, society disruption due to cyberterrorism, cyberstalking laws, and more.

“This is an intro course, so it covers the scope of cyberterrorism with a broad brush stroke,” says Professor Julian. “It will touch on a variety of topics, from parental control to securing your identify. Students walk away with a better understanding of the analysis that goes on when investigating a cybercrime. More importantly, they become acutely aware of their own vulnerability to cyber criminals.”

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