N.C. A&T Center of Excellence, Partners to Launch Cybersecurity Hub for Women

By Jamie Crockett / 04/23/2021 Research and Economic Development

EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (April 23, 2021) – The Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity Research, Outreach and Education (CREO) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will virtually launch its Cybersecurity Forensic Hub for Women on Monday, April 26 at 4 p.m.

This launch comes on the heels of INTERPOL’s commitment to join forces with the Coalition Against Stalkerware in addressing the increase in domestic violence and technology abuse cases during the COVID-19 lockdown.

CREO will partner with Guilford County Schools, North Carolina Central University and the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants, will establish a safe space for young women and girls experiencing various forms of cyberbullying by detecting and identifying malicious software, also known as stalkerware, which has been illegally downloaded on their devices. This software can be used to track a user’s movements and access private information on the device and accounts.

Researchers will lead students trained and certified to detect and remove the software from the users’ devices for free, in exchange for permitting the data collected anonymously during the investigations to be used for research purposes.

The launch will feature remarks from university and Guilford County Schools leadership, an FBI special agent, researchers and student participants, as well as industry leaders.

The virtual launch is an invitation-only event. Contact Caitlin Reaves (cmreavis@ncat.edu) to receive registration details.

Media Contact Information: jicrockett@ncat.edu

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