Carlow University and NCFTA partnership will teach students to analyze and investigate Dark Web threats.
THE DARK WEB is a corner of the Internet not easily
found. Traditional search engines like Google and Yahoo won't take
you there, and if you do venture into it, then you better know what
"The Dark Web is the common name for websites hosting
many types of illicit activities, such as selling stolen personally
identifiable information (PII), drug trafficking, human trafficking
and child pornography," said Steve Mancini, chief technology
officer and director of strategic operations at the National
Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA) and an adjunct
professor at Carlow University. "Offenders use online aliases and
shield their internet protocol (IP) address so they are difficult
for law enforcement to track."
The FBI states in its 2017 Internet Crime Report that
the total victim losses exceed $1.4 billion. In Pennsylvania alone,
there were 11,000 victims, many over the age of 60.
Carlow University and NCFTA have formed a partnership
to shine a light on both the Clear and Dark Web with a nine-credit
graduate certificate program providing graduate-level training and
credits in the techniques and tools needed to investigate, respond
to and stop crime and cyber-enabled crime.
"Carlow's program leverages the expertise of
professionals in accounting, finance, business and law enforcement
who daily are working with government and the private sector to
disrupt criminal activity and prevent cyber attacks that steal
personal information," said Mary Onufer, MS, an assistant professor
who teaches undergraduate business management and also at the
graduate level for the Fraud and Forensics program.
CARLOW UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE Through the partnership
with NCFTA, Carlow's courses cover training for topics such as
understanding cyber threats, identifying threat actors and
conducting online investigations.
"There are special techniques involved in
investigating the Dark Web," Onufer said. "There is a very focused
skill set involved. It's not as simple as logging onto the Dark Web
and searching for crime and criminals."
There are three online courses in the certificate in
Cyber- Threat Research and Analytics which can be completed in 14
weeks. The program concludes with a two-day residency at the NCFTA
office in Pittsburgh, where students work alongside government and
industry professionals in a hands-on experience in profiling and
investigating cyber- enabled crime.
For more information about the certificate in
Cyber-Threat Research and Analytics, please visit www.carlow.edu/cyberthreatresearch.