Economic Crime and Justice Studies - News and Announcements

Economic Crime and Justice Studies - News and Announcements

News and Announcements


Economic Crime Institute Board of Advisors Student Program

On Wednesday, April 10, 2013, the Economic Crime Institute Board of Advisors will be on campus to offer interactive career-oriented presentations to Junior and Senior Criminal Justice, Economic Crime Investigation, and Cybersecurity students. This is a unique opportunity for students to network and consult with industry leaders about employment trends, job opportunities, and internships. All Junior and Senior students are expected to attend. Students are required to register with Mrs. Kaleta in Room 102 of the ECJS Building.

In addition, Board members not participating in a particular interactive session with students will conduct personal mock interviews with participating students. Students interested in participating in the mock interviews need to send an electronic copy of their resume to Professor Suzanne Lynch at by Monday, April 1st. When transmitting the resume to Prof. Lynch, students must indicate the hours during the day that is not possible to participate in the interview. Last year’s mock interviews were a popular event. This year, participating Board members availability has been expanded to last all day long for all three majors. The final program for this event will be forwarded to all students the week of March 25th.


FBI Special Agent Applications

The FBI Special Agent application is now open. The application period is open from 12:01am EST, March 01, 2013 to 11:59pm EST, March 15, 2013. Applications received during this period will be considered fro the 2014 and 2015 hiring years...Click here for more information

High School Cybersecurity Career Day

Utica College third High School Cybersecurity Career Day, a free educational program, is taking place Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at the Economic Crime, Justice Studies, and Cybersecurity Building on the UC campus. Participating students come from local area high schools…Click here for more information

The Ethics of War and the Ethics of Cyber Warfare

The Applied Ethics Institute at Utica College will host a public lecture, “The Ethics of War and the Ethics of Cyber Warfare,” on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. The presentation will be held in the Carbone Auditorium in the Economic Crime and Justice Studies Building and is free and open to the public here for more information

Utica College Annual Student Research Conference

On the afternoon of Wednesday, April 24, 2013, Utica College will host its annual Student Research Conference. This is a great opportunity for students to present the results of their research in a welcoming yet professional environment. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to participate, either through short talks or poster presentations. Contact Dr. Alyssa Thomas (, Dr. Ashraf Elazzazi (, Dr. Luke Perry (, or Dr. Ahmed Tadwan ( for further information.

A call for submissions will be emailed out the first week in April. More details to be announced as the date approaches.


Utica College Cybersecurity Programs Earn Prestigious NSA Approval
Undergraduate and Graduate Level Courses Approved by National Security Agency
Written By Alexis March '13, PR Intern

Utica College’s cybersecurity and information assurance courses have been approved by the National Security Agency (NSA) in the college’s quest to become a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE), marking the first step in achieving the “gold standard” in education in the field.

The approval validated that Utica College courseware meets all of the elements of the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) rigorous standards for Information Systems Security Professionals (4011) and Risk Analyst (4016). The IACE Program provides consistency in training and education for the information assurance skills that are critical to the U.S. Courseware approval is the first step toward this prestigious designation. The Utica College programs will be recognized at the CNSS Ceremony at the 17th Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) in here for more information


Utica College's Cyber Patriots Officially Recognized

Congratulations to the members of the Cyber Patriots Club! On Wednesday, November 14th, the Student Senate approved the club's constitution. Thank you Prof. Popyack and Nathan French for the hard work.

Membership is open to all, emphasis is placed on students majoring in computer science, criminal justice, cybersecurity, economic crime investigations, math, or by majority vote from current members. Cyber Patriots was established to provide a proactive learning environment in cyber security topics. The purpose of the club is to create a connected community of students interested in Cybersecurity and technology; to provide a safe environment to further develop skills learned inside the classroom; and to share information across academic majors in relation to Cyber security and technology. If you are interested to join the club contact Prof. Popyack.


An Identity Theft Primer for Merchants and Employers: How not to Lose Your Shirt on Account of Identity Thieves!

This seminar is sponsored by Utica College and the Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council. The seminar will teach attendees how to protect their business identity from being stolen; how to protect consumer data; how to be able to develop a point of sale strategy that is truly a point of security system for their businesses; and how to have a deeper appreciation for the growing threat of Identity Theft and how it affects the bottom line. Other topics covered included learning the potential civil exposure for data security breaches by employees or other thieves and learning how to be able to implement more stringent hiring practices based upon profiles and personality traits of identity thieves.


Industry Leaders to Give UC Students Advice, Practice Interviews

Experts from Secret Service, Northrup Grumman, More to Visit UC

The Economic Crime Institute (ECI) of
Utica College board of advisors will host mock interview sessions for students in the ECI, cybersecurity, and criminal justice programs. The event will take place on Wednesday afternoon, April 11, in the Economic Crime, Justice Studies and Cybersecurity Building.
The interviews will be conducted by five ECI board members who are both leaders and experts in their industry. The interviewers include Tracy Gast, special agent-in-charge, United States Secret Service; Russell Koste, director identity/intelligence/network defense, Northrop Grumman; Chester Maciag, chief cyber operations branch, Air Force Research Lab; Matthew Quinn, senior vice president, Bank of America; and Gregory Campbell, deputy chief inspector, United States Postal Inspection Service.


CFRDC Director, Sgt. Tony Martino, Receives Award

Congratulations to Sgt. Tony Martino, director of the Computer Forensics Research and Development Center (CFRDC) for the award received from the American Legion Post 229 in recognition for his achievements in computer integration and child protection. Sgt. Martino’s instrumental work in integrating computers into local law enforcement has helped apprehend child predators and other offenders.

Sgt. Martino is adjunct instructor of the undergraduate Cybersecurity and Information Assurance program and the Cybersecurity Intelligence and Forensics graduate program. He is also the supervisor of the Management Information Systems Unit and directs the operation of the digital forensics laboratory at the City of Utica, NY Police Department. In this role, Martino conducts approximately 100 forensic examinations per year. In 2003, Martino founded the Central New York Computer Crime Coalition, and the Central New York Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.


High School Students to Explore Cyber Careers

Utica College will host its second annual high school Cybersecurity career day on Wednesday, March 21, from 9:45 am to 12:00 pm. Based on students demonstrated interest and skills in science, math, and computer classes, selected students from Rome Free Academy, Proctor High School, and other local districts are scheduled to attend.

During the event, students will have the opportunity to speak to cybersecurity professionals in law enforcement, the Department of Defense, and private organizations. Students will also hear from a panel discussion lead by UC faculty and current UC students that will highlight the college’s cybersecurity programs. Later in the day, students will participate in two breakout sessions where presentations in cryptography, data hiding, and digital forensics will be made.

Economic Crime Institute
- Faculty and students attended the Economic Crime Institute (ECI) Conference  at the Bolger Center in Potomac, MD from November 2 - 5, 2011.


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William Virkler, M.B.A.

William Virkler, M.B.A.

Associate Dean of Justice Studies
(315) 223-2559

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