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UC Expert Writes Book on Terrorism, Business

Explores How DHS Partners with Business

Written By Victoria Lamanna '15, PR Intern

"The Business of Counterterrorism: Public-Private Partnerships in Homeland Security" to be released soon


Utica, NY (05/14/2014)
- Austen D. Givens, homeland and cybersecurity expert at Utica College in Utica, NY, and Nathan E. Busch, associate professor of government at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA, have released a new book titled The Business of Counterterrorism: Public-Private Partnerships in Homeland Security.

After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the United States created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to guard against the possibility of future terrorist attacks. Today the DHS forges working partnerships with businesses across the country to perform its many functions, including critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity, information sharing, port-of-entry security and emergency management. The book examines the advantages, opportunities, obstacles and challenges of these private-public relationships, such as the DHS’s collaboration with other private and public entities in 2010 after the catastrophic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

“Authors Nathan Busch and Austen Givens offer compelling testimony to the value of public-private partnerships and specific direction as to ‘where’ and ‘how’ this collaboration has the greatest security impact,” said Tom Ridge, former Secretary of Homeland Security and Governor of Pennsylvania. “This is a must-read for Congressional leaders, business executives and academics who are concerned about the future safety of our nation.”

At Utica College, Givens teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in areas such as cybersecurity, homeland security, and counterterrorism, and has authored numerous articles on homeland and international security issues. He is completing a Ph.D. at King’s College London.

Busch also co-directs the Center for American Studies at Christopher Newport University. He has written several books, articles, and reports on international security issues and weapons of mass destruction. Busch earned a Ph.D. at the University of Toronto and has held research fellowships at Harvard University and the University of Georgia.

The Business of Counterterrorism is slated to be released in mid-May, and is available now for pre-order on at
Utica College is home to an internationally respected suite of economic crime, cybersecurity and justice studies programs, taught by a remarkably accomplished professional faculty, using the industry's most current tools and techniques. Students have access to advanced technologies available in the college's state-of-the-art Economic Crime, Justice Studies and Cybersecurity facility.

As a pioneer in economic crime and cyber programs, Utica College is home to the Economic Crime and Cybersecurity Institute, the Northeast Cyber Forensic Center, and the Center for Identity Management and Information Protection (CIMIP), which has garnered national attention for its landmark study of perpetrators of ID theft.

Utica College is one of only a handful of colleges to offer a master’s program in specialized cybersecurity. The college recently added a third specialization option, cyber operations, for students in the master’s program to address the needs that are critical to intelligence, military, national defense, corporate and law enforcement organizations. Other specializations in the Utica College program include computer forensics and intelligence, and are offered online with residencies at the Utica campus.

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About Utica College – Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls over 4,000 students in 36 undergraduate majors, 27 minors, 21 graduate programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs.