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October 22, 2010

For Immediate Release

For additional information: 

Barbara Kerr, APR
Executive Director of
Communications and Marketing Telephone:  360-992-2921

E-mail:  bkerr@clark.edu
      

Combating Cybercrime, Cyberterrorism,
and the Internet Underground

 

On Friday, Nov. 5, Clark College will welcome cybertechnology expert
Dr. Rocky Termanini

 

VANCOUVER, Wash. – When it comes to the Internet, criminals are two steps ahead of the game and are winning the battle and the war. That’s the view of Dr. Rocky Termanini, a certified information technology security professional and member of the American College of Forensic Examiners.

Dr. Termanini will appear at Clark College on Friday, Nov. 5.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Foster Hall Auditorium. 

Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Driving directions and parking maps are available at www.clark.edu/maps.

Dr. Termanini said, “The Internet has provided wonderful opportunities in every area of our lives. At the same time, it provided an easy way for criminals and terrorists to hurt and disrupt our society.”  He added, “Today, no business is immune from cyber attacks. The first step is to know the landscape of cybercrime and raise awareness before launching the right counter attacks.”

Clark College has recently added a cybersecurity class to its Data Technology and Telecommunications Technology (DNET) program.  According to DNET professor Dwight Hughes, “Interest in this new program has been very strong – both from students and from businesses in our region.”  He added, “We’re delighted that our students – and members of the greater community -- will have the opportunity to experience a national and international perspective from Dr. Termanini.”

On Sept. 23, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, director of the U.S. National Security Agency, told members of the House Armed Services Committee that U.S. computer systems need additional protection from attacks.  He also noted that making networks less vulnerable must be done carefully to avoid disrupting online activities of individuals and businesses.

Alexander, the head of the military’s Cyber Command, said that achieving both goals will take time but is essential to protecting U.S. computer systems from a growing threat mounted by other countries and criminals.

About Dr. Rocky Termanini

Dr. Rocky TermaniniDr. Rocky Termanini is the vice president of technology at M.E.R.I.T, Inc., an international security consulting firm headquartered in Newark, N.J. He brings 45 years of multi-industry real-world experience to business clients and his students.

Dr. Termanini has served as a senior advisor to law enforcement agencies who are dealing with cyberterrorism. In addition to lecturing at international conferences, Dr. Termanini has taught information systems classes at Connecticut State University, New York University, and Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.  Overseas, he has taught at The University of Bahrain and the University College of Bahrain.  He is presently an adjunct professor at Abu Dhabi University.

Dr. Termanini holds a Dr. Termanini holds a PhD in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) from Yale University.   

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