Cyber Detective Rich Wistocki of Naperville shared his experiences and knowledge about cybercrime with Lewis University students on March 13. Lewis University's departments of Mathematics and Computer Science and Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies, along with student chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery, sponsored the presentation, “Patrol Response to Internet Crime.”
Wistocki explained how file sharing tools like Gnutella and eDonkey, which were formerly used primarily for sharing music and movies, are becoming a primary mechanism for sharing and trading child pornography. He explained the strong link between the use of such networks to trade pornography and active attempts to prey on young victims. Wistocki also highlighted some of the techniques that cyber investigators use to gather intelligence on users and identify people involved in sharing child pornography.
Wistocki’s presentation complimented the classroom education that computer science students receive on networking and security and the investigation and public safety education of JLPSS students.
“Detective Wistocki's presentation was eye-opening and informative. It demonstrated to computer science students an area in which their technical expertise in information security can help save a young person from grave danger, and it helped JLPSS students understand that learning a bit of computer science to complement their criminal investigation skills can help them protect the public effectively from this increasing menace,” commented Dr. Ray Klump, chair of the Math/Computer Science Department.
Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science as well as minors in Computer Science and in Cyber Security Science. It also co-manages a Master of Science in Information Security, which includes an innovative fast-track program that enables students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years. In addition to receiving personal attention from experienced faculty and learning in an attractive and modern facility, Computer Science students receive plenty of real-world experience, working on service projects for non-profits and taking advantage of numerous internship opportunities. Students acquire both the technical skills and the team-oriented problem-solving strategies necessary for a successful career, through a cutting-edge curriculum and integrated learning opportunities.
Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.
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