According to a report from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, 2021 brought with it an unprecedented increase in cyberattacks and malicious cyber activity. The center received 847,376 reported complaints in 2021, a 7% increase from the year prior, with potential losses exceeding $6.9 billion.

With a growing rate of online crimes comes a heightened demand for cybercrime professionals. The USF Department of Criminology offers students the opportunity to pursue this exciting field that can lead to meaningful and rewarding careers. Programs are offered at all levels, including a master’s degree in cybercrime, a digital forensics graduate certificate, an undergraduate concentration in cybercrime, as well as training for professionals who are already working in the profession.

In addition to current projects, we are excited to also have many efforts in development, including several to increase access to cyber safety information for those who do not speak English as a primary language. This work includes the creation of an online resource center focused on cyber safety, workshops, and other educational programs. Together we can continue to create a safer and more secure cyber landscape.

Human Factor in Cybercrime Conference

The USF Department of Criminology will sponsor and host the 4th annual Human Factor in Cybercrime conference in Clearwater this November. The conference will address the interaction between end-users, criminal actors, and the institutional environment.