Professors Maras and Wandt Deliver Cybersecurity Trainings to FBI Agents and Staff

Professors Maras and Wandt Deliver Cybersecurity Trainings to FBI Agents and Staff

Professors Maras and Wandt Deliver Cybersecurity Trainings to FBI Agents and Staff

John Jay faculty members Marie-Helen Maras of the Department of Security, Fire and Emergency Management and Adam Scott Wandt of the Department of Public Management recently delivered a series of trainings to FBI agents and staff on important topics in cybersecurity. The trainings took place this semester at the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

The first of these lectures was delivered at the FBI-New York office on January 17, 2018, and focused on the latest trends in data aggregation, looking specifically at Internet of Things (IOT) forensics and investigations. Professors Maras and Wandt, who are also faculty of the Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity graduate program, trained agents and professorial staff on methods they should use to protect themselves and their families. 

The second of these lectures, titled “Hacking…You ~ Phishing, Spearphishing, and Whaling: Email Forensics and Countermeasures,” was delivered at the FBI-New York office on February 28, 2018. This lecture covered deception and social engineering tactics, ways to identify the methods used by criminal organizations and foreign governments to illicit information and gain unauthorized access to protected systems, and the measures that can be used to counter cyberattacks and intelligence collection efforts. A live demonstration was conducted using two sophisticated spearphishing attacks designed to steal login credentials and infect the target’s system with malware.

“This is an incredible opportunity to introduce our latest research to the Bureau,” Professor Wandt explained. “The digital landscape changes so quickly, it’s important for everyone in law enforcement to understand how these changes impact their ability to investigate crimes and keep the public safe.” 

Marie-Helen Maras has authored several books including Cybercriminology and Computer Forensics: Cybercriminals, Laws and Evidence and is the creator and co-editor for a monograph and edited volume series titled, “Palgrave Studies in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity.” Prior to her academic post, she served in the U.S. Navy for approximately seven years gaining significant experience in security and law enforcement from her posts as a Navy Law Enforcement Specialist and Command Investigator.

Adam Scott Wandt is the Chair of, and a Senior Researcher with, The City University of New York’s “Skunkworks: Academic Technology Research and Development Group.” He is a member of the Association of Inspectors General, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Society for Criminology, and the American Society for Public Administration and  consults on issues relating to academic technology, applied technology, social engineering, and information security. He is also the host of CUNY’s academic technology podcast  and authors two blogs: “Adam’s Antics” and “Academic Technology in Higher Education.” 

Learn more about the Master of Science in Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity degree program at John Jay College.