President: Todd Hutton, Ph.D.
Utica College, located at the heart of Central New York is a comprehensive, independent, and private institution founded in 1946. The College’s values guide decisions and actions through its mission to educate students for rewarding careers, responsible citizenship, and fulfilling lives by integrating liberal and professional study, creating a community of learners with diverse experiences and perspectives, balancing its local heritage with a global perspective, encouraging lifelong learning, and promoting scholarship in the belief that the discovery and application of knowledge enrich teaching and learning.
The College offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in more than 60 areas of study that fall within three schools one of which is Business and Justice Studies. This school houses undergraduate and graduate programs within four departments on of which is the Economic Crime, Justice Studies, and Cybersecurity department that houses the following Institutes and Centers:
Economic Crime and Cybersecurity Institute
Executive Director: Raymond Philo, M.P.A.
The Economic Crime and Cybersecurity Institute (ECCI) of Utica College was formed in November 1988. It is a unique organization of professionals and academics that provides thought leadership on economic crime and cybersecurity issues faced by business and government. The Institute is a “center of excellence” at Utica College that provides and supports leading-edge thinking through educational programs, policy guidance and solutions, research, and publications. The Institute’s dynamic leadership and innovative ideas are drawn from the members of its Board of Advisors, forward thinking executives who are experts in the prevention, detection, and investigation of economic crime and fraud, and cybercrime. In addition, it is the Board of Advisors that provides philanthropic support and guidance on education efforts to the Economic Crime and Cybersecurity Institute.
Northeast Cyber Forensics Center (NCFC)
Director: Anthony Martino, M.S.
The NCFC, formerly the Computer Forensics Research and Development Center (CFRDC) of Utica College, opened May 7, 1999. It is the result of a study on the state-of-the-art in computer forensics funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory/Information Directorate. The study identified a crucial need for an organization to facilitate the research and development of a new generation of computer forensic tools and methods.
The NCFC brings together key organizations from the military, law enforcement, private industry, and academe to help rapidly advance the emerging field of forensic information sciences. The center is located at Utica College and is governed by a board of advisers. Its key partners are the Air Force Research Lab, The National Center for Digital Forensics Academics Program (CDFAE), WetStone Technologies, Inc., and the Utica Police Department.
Utica College’s Center for Identity Management and Information Protection (CIMIP) is a research collaborative dedicated to furthering a national research agenda on identity management, information sharing, and data protection. Founded in June 2006, its ultimate goal is to impact policy, regulation, and legislation, working toward a more secure homeland.
CIMIP’s partners are committed to working together to provide resources, gather subject matter experts, provide access to sensitive data, and produce results that will be acted upon. Completing research and publishing papers based on the results is not enough. The results must be put into action in the form of best practices, new policies, regulations, and legislation, training opportunities, and proactive initiatives for solving the growing problems of identity fraud and theft, secure sharing of information, and information protection.
The School of Business and Justice Studies houses the Economic Crime, Justice Studies, and Cybersecurity Department (ECJS). Amongst its many programs the department offers the following undergraduate and graduate programs:
Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
Chair: Joseph Giordano, M.S.
The B.S. in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance at Utica College offers the most extensive coursework in digital forensics and investigation currently available. It is an innovative, multidisciplinary program that provides the critical skills needed to succeed in this highly specialized profession.
The program integrates learning in criminology, criminal justice, economic crime, and computer science. The curriculum features:
- strong, diverse background study in liberal arts
- development of skills for investigators and technologists
- focus on writing, critical thinking, mathematics, statistics, and law
The program offers two concentrations:
- Cybercrime Investigations and Forensics
- Information Assurance
Master of Science in Cybersecurity – Intelligence and Forensics
Chair: Joseph Giordano, M.S.
The M.S. in Cybersecurity – Intelligence and Forensics trains students to proactively address ever-changing attack and infiltration techniques. A leader in economic crime programs for over 20 years, Utica designed the program in response to calls from cybersecurity professionals for a graduate-level program that combines state-of-the-art practices in intelligence and forensics.
The program offers two specializations targeted to students with different interests in this field:
- Intelligence: Designed for professionals interested in cyber intelligence and counterintelligence, cyber counterterrorism, and cyber countersabotage. The curriculum covers analysis of global and national cybersecurity policies, the study and protection of critical infrastructures, as well as operations involving cyber threats and defense.
- Computer Forensics: Designed for students interested in collecting and preparing evidence of computer crimes such as fraud, child pornography, and cyber espionage. The curriculum emphasizes a comprehensive understanding of the forensic tools and techniques used to investigate and analyze network-related incidents and preserve digital evidence.
Master of Science in Economic Crime Management
Director: Suzanne Lynch, M.S.
The MS in Financial Crime and Compliance Executive Master’s program combines the areas of management, technology, and analytical skills with a knowledge and Economic Crime Professionalunderstanding of economic crime from a global perspective, and focuses on fraud and risk management strategies, current economic crime challenges, and applying innovative technological and analytical solutions. It has been designed to meet the growing security demands placed on experienced personnel in law enforcement, private corporations, government, and the military in the post 9/11 global environment.