Forensics expert Rebecca Mercuri will discuss "Computer Forensics, Elections, and the Internet" on Tuesday, November 27, at 7 pm, in Holy Family’s ETC Auditorium. The discussion is free and open to the public.
Cyber-attacks of the world's computer systems, networks, and digitally-stored information are no longer confined to the realm of hacking pranksters. Studies by Verizon and the U.S. Secret Service have shown that organized crime may be responsible for as much as 90% of exploited data record usage. With sales of stolen identity information now topping $100 billion annually, such activity is more profitable than the drug trade.
In her discussion, Mercuri will use examples from the her forensic work to illustrate ways in which one can better protect themself, as well as their family, business, and data from computer-based threats.
Dr. Mercuri is the lead forensics expert at Notable Software, Inc, the company she founded in 1981. Her caseload has included matters involving contraband, child endangerment, murder, computer viruses and malware, financial fraud, wrongful work termination, class-action suits, copyright and patent infringement, and election recounts (most notably Bush vs. Gore). Dr. Mercuri has provided formal testimony and comment to the House Science Committee, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the Election Assistance Commission, the National Institute of Standards and Technologies, the U.K. Cabinet, and numerous state legislatures and municipal bodies. She is a senior life member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), where she authored the Security Watch feature and numerous guest columns of Inside Risks for Communications magazine. She is the current Chair of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Princeton / Central Jersey Section, and also is a co-founder of the Princeton ACM / IEEE Computer Society. Rebecca holds a Ph.D. from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania, and performed post-doctoral research at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.