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11 Apr 2024

Boston University MET College Integrates Maltego in New Investigation Training

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The Boston University Metropolitan College Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity (CIC) program has won a grant of $437,500 from the US Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to produce a new investigation training to support Innovative Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigations. For the first time, Maltego has been integrated within this training program as an all-in-one cyber investigation platform, to empower investigators to combat internet victimization of children.

The initiative, titled “Innovative Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Investigative Training on Internet of Things (IoT), Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT), Dark Web, and Crypto,” is a collaborative effort between MET’s CIC program, the Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative (ATII), the University of Texas at San Antonio, and WestEd, a child welfare-focused nonprofit. OJJDP will also have a leadership role. Dr Kyung-shick Choi, Professor of Practice and Director of Cybercrime Investigation and Cybersecurity Graduate Programs, MET College, Boston University, is the principal investigator, with Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr Lou Chitkushev joining as co-PI.

The program’s goal is to introduce a new dimension into IoT forensics and cryptocurrency tracking investigation techniques through the design of multi-leveled training processes to support law enforcement efforts. IoT technologies, like Amazon’s Alexa, Ring camera devices, and other internet-enabled hardware, which have been used by cybercriminals to produce and distribute child sexual abuse material (CSAM), can also be used as forensic evidence in abuse cases. The program will help train state and local law enforcement to mine those sources and lead successful investigations. Additionally, as CSAM is often disseminated via the dark web through cryptocurrency transactions, the program will prepare law enforcement agencies to identify evidence of such activity, which in turn will net a greater number of successful prosecutions.

Maltego has significantly enhanced innovative training programs for Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Law Enforcement, concentrating on Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), Darkweb, and Cryptocurrency Investigations as part of a government project. It serves as an invaluable investigative tool for law enforcement officers.

Dr Kyung-shick Choi 🔗︎
Professor of Practice and Director of Cybercrime Investigation and Cybersecurity Graduate Programs / Boston University MET College 🔗︎

By crafting courses that will teach officers of the law tools and techniques to combat internet victimization of children, this federally-funded program will aim to ameliorate the scourge of online child abuse and sex trafficking.

Maltego’s partnership with Boston University Metropolitan College’s Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity program underscores our dedication to enhancing cybersecurity education. By integrating our investigative tools into their work, we’re empowering the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, aligning with Maltego Grants for Education & Research Program’s mission to foster a safer, more secure digital world.

About the Maltego Grants for Education & Research Program

The mission of the Maltego Grants for Education & Research Program is to bolster students who are driven to change the world. By providing tailored career guidance based on their unique interests, academic fields, and professional objectives, the Program’s goal is to enable students to effectively leverage the ever-advancing digital and technological landscape.

The Program equips students with the necessary skills, training, and qualifications. This ensures that they are prepared to tackle the increasing security risks that have the potential to impede economic development and erode public confidence. Collaborating with educational institutions assists in fulfilling a shared objective of building a more resilient world.

To know more about the Maltego Grants for Education & Research Program, please visit here or reach out to research@maltego.com.

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