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Sex Criminals a Homeland Security Study

~~The scourge of human trafficking will be a focus at IEEE symposium in Boston mid-April

DALLAS (Oct. 27, 2014) – The 2015 IEEE International Conference for Technologies on Homeland Security (HST15) will be hosting experts from around the world.  On sharp focus will be cyber crime and Cyberwarfare. 

Penn State’s brilliant lecturer and research associate, Nick Giacobe, will be on hand to explain the new program being developed at the request of law enforcement.   Giacobe, in collaboration with Peter K. Forster, says this study is unique in developing student analyst to uncover and stop human trafficking in the sex trade and other enslavements.

Forster [see photo] is Associate Dean at Penn State for Online Education and Information Technology.  His primary areas of interest are terrorism/counter-terrorism, homeland security, risk and crisis management, international relations and national security.

The demand is high, “there’s job security for every one of our students who understands those things at the data level,” says Giacobe, “as well as at the broader geo-political level.”  Giacobe adds that it’s not going to change “anytime in the near future as far as we can tell.”

Forster is quick to agree.  “I think everybody’s aware that the big term today is big data,” says Forster.  “The big question is … how do we gather, sort, prioritize, and then understand all of this information that’s out there?  Technologies will change,” Forster said, stressing how important it is we keep up.

The two made their comments by phone as guests on the ScienceNews Radio Network program, the Promise of Tomorrow with Colonel Mason, .  The program originates in Dallas, Texas, and can now be heard Webcast and archived for its world audience.  See related story in the Examiner here: ~~    
When Mason asked if we will ever conquer Cyberwarfare, Forster was dire.  “It’s going to get worse,” Forster said, “The ability to take data, to cause disruptions and things like that in a cyber world is only going to grow.”

This is the 14th such annual IEEE Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security and will be held 14 - 16 April, 2015, in Greater Boston, Massachusetts. While produced by IEEE, the event thrives with technical support from DHS S&T, the IEEE Boston Section, and IEEE-USA, plus organizational support from MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Raytheon, Battelle, and MITRE. More details at

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