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How to Become a Cyber Crime Fighter

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February 17, 2009

Des Moines, IA – There have been so many advances in technology that "cyber criminals" no longer even need a computer to commit their crimes. Bryan Burkhardt, director of the Electronic Crime Institute at Des Moines Area Community College says new technology allows for criminal activity from all sorts of devices.

"With the prevalence of computers, cell phones and other devices to be able to exchange and communicate with people -- not only regionally, but around the world -- we find it very easy for people to do bad things."

That's why most Iowans could benefit from the "Cyber Crime Awareness Conference" planned for this Saturday, February 21. Today's criminals aren't just limited to stealing people's identities, explains Burkhardt. Sexual predators can go after children, and victims can even be stalked online. Parents and grandparents may be unaware of the dangers, or ways to protect themselves and their families, in "cyberspace."

"We'll bring in presenters to talk about everything from protecting children online to the dangers of social networking; to identity theft and fraud prevention."

Burkhardt says representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Iowa Attorney General's office and Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation, Iowa's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the National White Collar Crime Center will be on hand to share information.

The conference is free of charge, and takes place at the Lake View Conference Center at DMACC's Ankeny campus. For more information, visit www.eci.dmacc.edu or call (515) 965-7096.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - IA