UC Professors Present at Privacy Summit in Florida

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Rebovich, Corbo Lead Talk on Data Breaches, Insider Threats.

Donald Rebovich, coordinator of Utica College’s Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation (FFCI) programs and executive director of Utica College’s Center for Identity Management and Information Protection (CIMIP) and Leslie Corbo, assistant professor of Cybersecurity, spoke at the Organizational Privacy Summit hosted by the Identity Fraud Institute of Hodges University in Naples, Florida, recently.

The purpose of the summit was to prepare executives and managers of risk, compliance, governance, cybersecurity, human resources, IT and networks to avoid common occurrences of data breaches within their walls. Professors Rebovich and Corbo gave a presentation titled, “Data Breaches Today and The Unintentional Insider Threat.”

The presentation revealed that while many data breaches are caused by outsiders or disgruntled employees, the “unintentional insider” remains the largest threat to an organization. The presentation covered how millennials bring an interesting dynamic to the organization, as they are technologically savvy, but tend to be more open with information and may become the source of “unintentional” breaches. The speakers presented overviews of the largest data breaches over the last three years focusing on unintentional insiders’ roles in the breaches. The various types of costs related to breaches were discussed, including methods for calculating potential costs of data breaches in the future. Survey data was presented on significant security blocks to achieve effective breach prevention.

Before coming to Utica College, Rebovich served as research director for the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and the American Prosecutors Research Institute. He has served as advisor to the U.S. Department of Justice on tribal technology and information sharing, and on environmental crime control. His background includes research in economic crime victimization, white collar crime prosecution, and multijurisdictional task force development.

Corbo graduated from Utica College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity and information assurance and a master’s degree in cybersecurity and intelligence. She is nearing the completion of her doctorate from Capitol College. Her research focuses primarily on behavior analysis of human and machine interaction.


About Utica College – Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelors, masters 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 more than 5,000 students in 42 undergraduate majors, 36 minors, 20 graduate programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs. For more information, visit www.utica.edu.

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