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Tarleton State University's Chris Copeland on Raising Awareness on Cybercrime Through Education

Show Notes

In this week's episode of the Future of Cyber Risk podcast, David speaks to Chris Copeland, Associate Professor & Director of the Institute of Homeland Security and Cybercrime at Tarleton State University, about the misconceptions of cybersecurity and how he prepares his students for a full career of learning.

Chris also predicts the trends of cybercrimes that will likely be around for good, for example how fraud has evolved into the data breaches and cryptocurrency scams of today. He also talks about the work he does as Executive Director of the Juno Initiative, which uses data mining and machine learning to help stop human trafficking.

Topics discussed:

  • Chris's journey from working a help desk to directing the Institute of Homeland Security and Cybercrime.

  • How the Juno Initiative uses technology such as data mining and machine learning to help stop human trafficking.

  • What Chris puts on the curriculum for his courses at Tarleton State University and how it is constantly changing with the landscape.

  • The misconceptions of cybersecurity: it's not just a guy in a ski mask typing on a computer underneath a headlamp.

  • The trends of cybercrimes and what will likely stick around, namely fraud.

  • Chris's top four pieces of advice, including give back and create a portfolio.

Key Takeaways:

  • Know the misconceptions and educate yourself and others about the details.

  • Keep up to date with the latest news and developments, and use continuing education resources and mentorship whenever possible.

  • Acknowledge that technology is always going to be changing – and so will the threats.

  • Be willing and available to give back when you can, whether it’s on your own or as a company-wide initiative.

  • Have a portfolio of the projects you’ve completed or assisted on.

Quotes from Episode


“I could throw out five or six things right now and that landscape would be completely different in 13 months. Okay, so just a little over a year, I think it would be different, but I think the ones that are more likely to stay over time. People love fraud. It's one of the staples of my career is how much fraud goes on.” (34:30-34:52)


“You really can't talk about homeland security without talking about the gigantic component of cybersecurity or even the subcomponent cybercrime in the room.” (23:06-23:18)

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