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E. Scott Campbell
Cybercrime Investigation '15

 

DCC Cybercrime Graduate Fights Crime Online

 

(February 9, 2017)  – Danville Community College graduates enjoy increased earning potential, more job opportunities, and greater career success because of their experiences in academia, but what do the statistics translate into when evinced through a real person’s life? E. Scott Campbell is a deputy sheriff with the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office and a 2015 graduate of DCC’s Cybercrime Investigation Certificate Program.
 
“Over the last 25 years or so, I have attended DCC off and on, along with other out-of-town community colleges and universities, obtaining degrees and college credit in areas from architectural drafting, fire, science, paramedical studies, and criminal justice administration to OSHA and human resource courses,” Campbell said. “I’ve always found Danville Community College to be a great and affordable place to learn. My latest experience with the Cybercrime Investigation Program was no exception.”
 
Similarly to DCC’s Third Year Advanced Studies Cybersecurity Program, the college’s cybercrime program requires a series of general education courses, including college composition, introduction to computer crime, computer forensics, and network security basics. Cybercrime Investigation requires courses such as introduction to criminal law, constitutional law, and criminology, which is consistent with coursework and learning outcomes associated with administration of justice studies, while the Cybersecurity Certificate places a heavy emphasis on theory associated with computer operating systems, networking systems and communication, firewall protection systems, virtual infrastructure, and basics of cyber law.
 
“Given Deputy Campbell’s workload, community, and family obligations, I was amazed at his performance in achieving his Associate of Arts and Science in Administration of Justice and three certificates: one in law enforcement and two in the cybercrime investigation areas,” Associate Professor of Administration of Justice John Wilt said. “Deputy Campbell was an excellent student and his homework assignments and examination results were always exemplary. Deputy Campbell serves as an excellent role model for law enforcement professionals throughout Pittsylvania County and beyond.”
 
Wilt has been a member of the American Society for Industrial Security International (ASIS) for 35 years. Wilt has held the Certified Protection Professional (C.P.P.) designation since 1985. ASIS awards the C.P.P. designation which must be renewed every three years.  Mr. Wilt also holds a lifetime certification as a Certified Security Training.
 

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John Wilt
Associate Professor of Administration of Justice

 

Campbell explained that he arrived at the decision to pursue these certificates because of emerging trends.
 
“Some years ago, Professor Wilt made the comment to me that his studies of criminal trends indicated that cybercrime investigations would be in very high demand and that Danville Community College was working extremely hard to bring this educational and professional opportunity to our area to meet those demands,” Campbell said. “The cyberattacks started almost daily not long after that. It was obvious that we in law enforcement needed to learn new ways and techniques involving data and information technology in order to follow the digital footprints and evidence versus the physical footprints and evidence we could plainly see at ordinary crime scenes.”
 
“I quickly learned that the tools I had used for over 23 years in law enforcement investigations were becoming obsolete and had shifted from the days where you could go knock on doors and walk the streets asking questions to solve a crime to criminal activity occurring in cyberspace,” Campbell said.
 
The challenge then became getting to that crime scene, he explained.
 
“I remember reading about former Federal Bureau of Investigations Director Robert Mueller reporting that cybercrime had superseded the drug trade in funding terrorism,” Campbell recalled. “I thought to myself about the resources I knew were needed and allocated to combatting the drug trade alone. That’s when I decided to expand my law enforcement expertise.”
 
Campbell said that his coursework at DCC presented “eye-opening” information on cybercrimes and how they are committed.
 
“It provided a basic introduction to the nature of computer crimes, computer criminals, up-to-date laws, investigative techniques, and emerging trends,” Campbell said. “These courses will make you a more knowledgeable, more proficient law enforcement professional no matter your career path, whether as a beat cop coming across digital evidence in the field, needing to know how to secure it, and what to do with it to the law enforcement administrator in charge of making operational decisions.”
 
“The Cybercrime Investigation Certificate will be an asset for people pursuing careers as police officers, military personnel, examiners working for government regulatory agencies, and private sector examiners,” Wilt added. “A certificate in cybercrime investigation should be looked at as a stepping stone to further education in cybercrime and cybersecurity at the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels. The certificate provides knowledge and skills to deal with the prevalence of identity theft schemes, credit card fraud, ransomware, viruses, and botnets that begins with a citizen or business complaint and ends with a law enforcement-related investigation.”

Wilt added that civilian examiners working for state and local law enforcement agencies often have starting computer forensics salaries between $50K and $75. On the private side, new forensic examiners with limited experience often start in private consulting firms between $50K and $60K.

Danville Community College’s Cybercrime Investigation Certificate Program consists of 38 credit hours. More information about the program is available at www.danville.edu/Departments/A&S/Academics/Cyber.htm or by contacting Professor John Wilt at 434-797-8468 or jwilt@dcc.vccs.edu.
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