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Public Lecture Series

2018-2019 Season 

We are pleased to welcome a number of distinguished visitors to our faculty for conversations and lectures that fuel our inspiration and promote social justice.  

Examining and Comparing the Motivations and Methods of Cybercriminals 

Speaker: Thomas Holt, PhD, Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University

As most industrialized nations have become dependent on the Internet for all aspects of commerce and critical infrastructure operations, it is critical that we understand the threats posed by computer hackers and attackers. Most researchers consider this issue from a technical standpoint, identifying attack tools and mitigation strategies, creating gaps in our understanding of the human actors behind the screen. This presentation will consider the practices of actors motivated by two distinct interests: monetary gain and ideological beliefs. Differences in the methods and targets of these attackers will be explored using data from various open sources, including forums, news media, and the attackers themselves. The implications for our understanding of cybercriminality and cybersecurity practice will be considered in detail.

When: Friday, April 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. 
Where: Bordessa Hall, Room 205


Past events

March 1 | Cumulative Disadvantage: Understanding Innocence to Confession to Wrongful Conviction and Beyond

Guest speaker: Kyle Scherr, PhD

January 24 | Trump, Technology and the Far Right: Tactics for Challenging Right-Wing Extremism in Canada

Speakers: Brad J. Galloway, Tanner Mirrlees, PhD and Barbara Perry, PhD 

November 13 | Can We Expect Behaviour Change? Considerations on Police Training Evaluation

Speaker: Chris Giacomantonio, PhD

October 17 | Annual Dean's Lecture - The Populist Revolt: Its Causes and Cure

Speaker: Gwynne Dyer, PhD


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