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Emerging Topics in Cyber-Crime Examined by Experts

In an era of ever-proliferating use of the Internet and mobile devices, law enforcement officers and prosecutors—along with the public they serve—must grapple daily with those who would use personal computers, cell phones and other digital devices to do everything from perpetrate Ponzi schemes to lure children into harm’s way. A day-long Forensic Fridays seminar at Duquesne will delve into this thought-provoking issue with Emerging Topics in the Investigation and Prosecution of Cyber-Crime on Friday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom.

“Given the ongoing, explosive growth of digital technology and its corresponding adoption by criminals and law enforcement professionals alike, we knew it was high-time to call on the region’s experts to update us on the challenges and opportunities in cyber-crime investigation and prosecution,” said Ben Wecht, program administrator for the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law, which is sponsoring the seminar.

Expert presenters at the seminar include:

  • Sgt. Michael DelCimmuto, Pittsburgh Police Mobile Crimes Unit
  • Matt LaVigna, Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge and Supervisor of Cyber-Crime Investigations, United States Secret Service, Pittsburgh Office
  • Cpl. John Stepansky, Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations Computer Crime Unit
  • Scott Zimmerman, lead information risk manager, Westinghouse; legal editor, Digital Forensics Magazine.

The presenters will impart a more current and comprehensive knowledge of both the crime-fighting challenges and investigative and legal opportunities presented by the proliferation of digital technology in the 21st century.

“The Forensic Fridays series offers the region’s professionals the opportunity to learn about selected topics in a shorter format better suited to their busy schedules,” said Wecht. “Our speakers hail from the worlds of computer forensics and criminal law and will bring a wealth of expertise to this seminar and those in attendance.”

This seminar is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board for two hours of substantive CLE credit and one hour of ethics CLE credit. Cost: $60 per person for the general public, $20 for students, $150 for private attorneys and $90 for public attorneys. Call 412.396.1330, email wechtinstitute@duq.edu or visit www.duq.edu/forensics/forensic-fridays for more information and to register.

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