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Combating Cybercrime, Cyberterrorism, and the Internet Underground

Date: October 25, 2010

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

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.

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