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Criminal justice professor founds new journal on cybersecurity

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Cybercrime knows no geographic borders, so it makes sense that a new journal edited by a Bridgewater State University professor aims to forge connections across the globe.

The International Journal of Cybersecurity Intelligence and Cybercrime, published in partnership with BSU and Boston University, seeks to offer empirical research articles, policy reports, case studies and book reviews. It debuts in July and will be published twice a year.

“I think every single scholar wants to establish a specialized journal,” said Dr. Kyung-shick Choi, a criminal justice professor and the founding editor and editor-in-chief of the journal. “This is one of my dreams. Research is so important. It connects everyone.”

The peer-reviewed journal seeks to explore the origins, patterns, causes, motivations and trends of cybersecurity and cybercrime. The publication welcomes submissions from criminologists, social scientists, computer scientists, cybersecurity practitioners, members of police agencies, policy-makers and others.

Dr. Choi hopes the publication serves a wide audience from around the world. Editorial board members come from about a dozen countries and Dr. Choi plans to publish issues in languages other than English.

“In order to minimize cybercrime, we have to globally work together,” said Dr. Choi, who teaches at BSU and Boston University. “It’s not just a U.S. problem.”

Dr. Choi recently traveled to Colombia where he delivered keynote speeches at the Cybercriminology and Information Security Seminar at Universidad Antonio Narino in Villavicencio, and the First Symposium on Cybercriminology & Cybersecurity. He also visited the Colombia National Police Information & Technology Agency and was interviewed by the Colombia National Police Radio & Television. 

He praised Associate Librarian Ellen Dubinsky, the head of digital library services, and Cybercrime Investigation and Cybersecurity team members for their assistance with the journal. Dr. Choi hopes the publication helps bring together government and private sector cybersecurity work. He would also like to improve training in the field and inspire the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. 

“Have an open mind. Don’t be afraid of challenging new things,” he said of his goal for students who will read the new journal. “The students are young and have a bright future ahead.” (Story by Brian Benson, University News)

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