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    University Holds Cybercrime Investigation Camp

    Sinchul Back, Ph.D., assistant professor the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Criminology and director of cybercrime and cybersecurity at The University of Scranton, leads high school students participating in the Cybercrime Investigation Summer Camp through a simulation of a cyberattack (i.e. ransomware) on an airport. The camp was offered free-of-charge July 13-15 in the University’s Center for the Analysis and Prevention of Crime.
    July 20, 2021

    Nineteen high school students received hands-on training in investigating and thwarting cybercrimes from experts in the much-in-demand field of cyber security at The University of Scranton’s first Cybercrime Investigation Summer Camp. Run by faculty of the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Criminology, the camp took place July 13-15 in the University’s Center for the Analysis and Prevention of Crime on campus.

    Through lectures, exercises, case discussions, the University’s data center tour, computer simulations and a capture-the-flag competition, the students learned about cyber threats, cybercriminal profiling, cyber law, cyber security and how to conduct a cyber forensics investigation. They also learned about the various roles and responsibilities assumed by professionals working in the growing field.

    The job outlook for cybersecurity analysts is predicted to increase by 31 percent for the period between 2019 and 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The annual median salary for cybersecurity analysts in 2020 was $103,900. The University offers a major in cybercrime and homeland security.

    The camp was offered free of charge to participants through support from the University’s College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office and the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Criminology.

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