About the 2022 International White Hat Conference

Over the years, the use of cryptocurrency has reportedly been prevalent in illicit darkweb marketplaces, especially in sex and drug trafficking incidents, ransomware, and various financial schemes. However, the existing capabilities of many law enforcement agencies are limited, and local and state law enforcement officers often lack the expertise to identify and acquire potential evidential artifacts from contemporary consumer technologies to support the elements of proof required in a successful prosecution. Focusing on the “Evolution of Illicit Crypto Use,” the Third Annual White Hat Conference is an effort to bring disruptive change to cybercrime investigation, exploring innovative techniques and global measures to bring about effective criminal justice policies and establish preventive measures— leading to more efficient investigations and successful prosecutions.

The 2022 White Hat Conference will serve to enhance current capacities of higher education to better serve students of cybersecurity, computer forensics, and digital evidence, leading to improved cybercrime investigations and successful prosecutions. Over the two days of morning and afternoon sessions, subject matter experts will share their expertise on emerging technologies, laws, and policies—while highlighting the challenges faced by law enforcement. Furthermore, the conference will host a job fair to assist students with internship opportunities within the areas of computer forensics and digital evidence. This will help establish a corroborative approach that can further promote the development and implementation of internship/co-op programs.

Hosted by Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) Criminal Justice Graduate Programs in collaboration with Utica College and the Center for Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity, the 2022 White Hat Conference is made possible by a grant from the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), awarded to MET professors Lou Chitkushev and Kyung-shick Choi. We look forward to collaborating with you on innovative solutions to cybercrime issues.

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