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William M. Virkler, MBA
Chair of Criminal Justice

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Institutes and Research Centers


Economic Crime Institute


Executive Director: Raymond Philo, M.P.A.

The Economic Crime Institute (ECI) was formed in November 1988 to support the undergraduate program in Criminal Justice - Economic Crime Investigation; to prepare students to prevent, detect, investigate, and prosecute economic crimes; and to provide continuing education opportunities for economic crime investigation professionals. While ECI fulfilled its primary mission, its vision went far beyond that.

Since 1991, the board launched its annual Economic Crime Institute conference, attracting experts in the field of financial crime investigations, law enforcement, computer forensics, and Cybersecurity. The conference gave UC students the opportunity to network with professionals in the field and most importantly to obtain internship positions and for some the opportunity to obtain employment.

Since 1998 and continuing to this date, the ECI board of advisors has made significant contributions in the development of the academic program for the Master of Science in Economic Crime Management. Seeking to extend to research opportunities, the Institute assisted in the establishment of two centers. The Computer Forensics Research and Development Center (CFRDC) established in May 1999 and The Center for Identity Management and Information Protection (CIMIP) establish in June 2006. The ECI board of advisors also provides support in the development of the undergraduate and graduate Cybersecurity programs at Utica College.

ECI meets its goals by encouraging the exchange of expertise between educators and professionals in the field; placing students in internships, co-op programs, and professional positions with corporations and government agencies; sponsoring conferences, seminars, and lectures; and supporting research endeavors. The Institute has a distinguished board of advisors that includes individuals at the top of their fields in higher education, business, and the federal government. These board members, who are experts in insurance fraud, credit card fraud, computer security, financial investigations, internal security, and corporate security, are working with Utica College faculty to accomplish ECI's goal of preparing individuals to fight economic crimes and cyber crimes.

Web site: www.ecii.edu

Computer Forensics Research Development Center


Director: Anthony Martino, M.S.

The Computer Forensics Research and Development Center (CFRDC) of Utica College opened May 7, 1999. It is the result of a study on the state-of-the-art in computer forensics funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory/Information Directorate. The study identified a crucial need for an organization to facilitate the research and development of a new generation of computer forensic tools and methods. The CFRDC brings together key organizations from the military, law enforcement, commercial industry, and academe to help rapidly advance the emerging field of forensic information sciences. The center is located at Utica College and is governed by a board of advisers. Its key partners are the Air Force Research Lab, The National Center for Digital Forensics Academics Program (CDFAE), WetStone Technologies, Inc., and the Utica Police Department.

Center for Identity Management and Information Protection


Excecutive Director: Donald J. Rebovich, Ph.D.

Utica College's Center for Identity Management and Information Protection (CIMIP) is a research collaborative dedicated to furthering a national research agenda on identity management, information sharing, and data protection. Founded in June 2006, its ultimate goal is to impact policy, regulation, and legislation, working toward a more secure homeland.

CIMIP's partners are committed to working together to provide resources, gather subject matter experts, provide access to sensitive data, and produce results that will be acted upon. Completing research and publishing papers based on the results is not enough. The results must be put into action in the form of best practices, new policies, regulations, and legislation, training opportunities, and proactive initiatives for solving the growing problems of identity fraud and theft, secure sharing of information, and information protection.

Web site: www.cimip.org