FBI Cyber-Crime Expert To Speak at UMaine March 15

Contact: Sharon Steele, (207) 581-1968, George Manlove, (207) 581-3756

ORONO — The Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who heads the FBI’s counterterrorism, counterintelligence, criminal computer intrusion, cyber crime and Computer Analysis Response Team programs for the northeastern region of the United States will speak to UMaine business students and the public about cyber crime on March 15.

The appearance and talk by James Burrell, from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room 100 at the D.P. Corbett Business Building, is arranged and sponsored by the University of Maine Business School and the MBS Management Information Systems Association (MISA).

Before assuming his current position, Burrell had served in the Counterterrorism and Cyber Divisions as chief of the FBI Computer Intrusion Unit and the International Investigative Operations Unit at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. He is a doctoral candidate and holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and a M.S. degree in telecommunications and networking. He works in Boston.

Burrell’s appearance was arranged at the request of Nory Jones, assistant professor of management information systems, to introduce students to issues of security and cyber crime.

“We’re trying to expand the knowledge and skills of our MIS students,” she says. “We initially invited James to speak to our MIS students, but since he is such a prominent authority in this area, and it is of such a concern to the public in general, we decided to open the talk to more people.”

Given the huge growth of the Internet in all aspects of life and business, and the proliferation of cyber crime, identity theft and the threat of cyber terrorism, Jones believes Burrell’s observations will be of great interest to a broad constituency both on and off campus.

Additional information is available by calling Sharon Steele at (207) 581-1968.