Professor Kyung-shick Choi, who designed and oversees Metropolitan College’s programs in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity, has now established the International Journal of Cybersecurity Intelligence & Cybercrime (IJCIC), for which he also serves as editor-in-chief. Published in partnership with Boston University and Bridgewater State University, the peer-reviewed journal will produce two issues annually, offering empirical research articles, policy reports, case studies, and book reviews to keep readers up-to-date on the emerging field of cybersecurity and cybercrime. The journal is also affiliated with the Center for Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity (CIC), which was established by Dr. Choi at Boston University in order to foster research, training, and networking in the field of cybercrime and cybersecurity.
Dr. Choi is joined by Managing Editor Claire S. Lee, PhD (Inha University, South Korea), Associate Editors Hyeyoung Lim, PhD (University of Alabama at Birmingham) and Hannarae Lee, PhD (Marywood University), an editorial team, and an international editorial board. The International Journal of Cybersecurity Intelligence & Cybercrime welcomes research submissions from criminologists, social scientists, computer scientists, cybersecurity practitioners, members of police agencies, policy-makers, and academic researchers. International and global perspectives on cybercrime and cybersecurity topics are also welcome for submission.
Interview with Dr. Kyung-shick Choi About the Journal
What prompted you to start this journal, and what is your vision for the publication?
Over the past 10 years, I dedicated myself to educating students, law enforcement officers, and practitioners in cybercrime investigation and cybersecurity (CIC). As I often emphasize, it is essential to connect people from various interdisciplinary fields in a global initiative to address burgeoning issues in cybercrime and cybersecurity. After serious contemplation on how I can accomplish this important task as an educator and a cybercriminologist, the answer was simple: Research. I strongly believe that research in the area of cybercrime and cybersecurity has the power to connect academics and both private and public industries, making it easier to share the latest knowledge with wider audiences.
In order to promote such cybersecurity research, our CIC team launched a new peer-reviewed journal called the International Journal of Cybersecurity Intelligence & Cybercrime (IJCIC), which seeks to explore the origins, patterns, causes, motivations, and trends of cybersecurity and cybercrime. The periodical welcomes submissions from criminologists, social scientists, computer scientists, cybersecurity practitioners, members of police agencies, and policy-makers, among others. The inaugural issue of the journal was published in August 2018. We also plan to publish issues of the journal in languages other than English in order to facilitate global collaboration.
Why is there a growing need for cybercrime studies at this point?
Over the past three decades, criminologists have been actively studying criminal behavior using advanced scientific methods. We currently share knowledge related to the broad field of criminal justice practices.
I argue that we are in the era of cybercriminology and in the midst of a fourth industrial revolution. The first industrial revolution was the machine age, utilizing steam engines for mechanical production. The mass production paradigm using electricity was the second industrial revolution, whereas the use of internet technology served as the third industrial revolution. We are currently in the stage of the fourth industrial revolution, using cyber-physical systems. The Internet of Things (IoT), cloud technology, and artificial intelligence (AI) are all good examples of the fourth industrial revolution. This is the age of global connectivity, providing the power to transform “entire systems of production, management, and governance”1 through the cyber-physical system. Despite this prominent movement and shift in paradigm, few peer-reviewed journals and academic resources dedicated to the area of cybercrime and cybersecurity exist.
What kind of outcomes are you hoping for with this publication? Do you hope to see real policies and practices emerge as a result of the expertise and research shared in the journal?
As an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal, the IJCIC provides collaborative, multi-lateral alliances to educate and recommend policy implications to professionals dealing with cybercrime, cybersecurity, and other forms of digital/technological inquiry. Through active global engagement and networking in the area of cybercrime and cybersecurity, I was able to recruit excellent editorial board members from around the world who are top-tier experts as scholars, law enforcement officers, and practitioners in private and government sectors. I believe that their invaluable reviews and critiques will ensure the quality of research, which can guide and assist policies and practices in the area of cybercrime and cybersecurity.
Would you like to see your MET students become involved in the journal, as contributors or as part of the editorial team?
The journal consists of empirical, legal, policy, and case study submissions. I highly encourage CIC students to submit their final projects as possible publication manuscripts. Publishing in a peer-reviewed journal will greatly demonstrate a student’s research skill and ability, especially if that student wishes to pursue a PhD. So far, one CIC student’s case study, which was developed in the Cybercrime (MET CJ 610) course, has been accepted with minor revision for the next issue. In addition, two CIC alumni are currently serving IJCIC as board members. I encourage all MET students who have the goal of making a difference in cybercrime and cybersecurity to apply to the CIC board. If you are interested in joining us, please email me your vita, a short bio, and a letter of intent.
The journal is also affiliated with the Center for Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity (CIC), a registered non-profit organization with three specialized units: (1) Networking, (2) Research, and (3) Professional Training. Please check our new website for more details: https://centercicboston.org.
Tell us about your first published article in the journal, The Present and Future of Cybercrime, Cyberterrorism, and Cybersecurity.
This piece introduces the audience to the concept of “cybercriminology.” As addressed in class, I define cybercriminology as combining knowledge from criminology, psychology, sociology, computer science, and cybersecurity to provide an in-depth understanding of cybercrime.
Cybercrime and cybersecurity are interconnected across many places, platforms, and actors. Cybercrime issues are continuously and expeditiously changing and developing, especially with the advent of new technologies. The article emphasizes the need for the IJCIC, along with brief overviews of each featured article in the issue:
Please check the IJCIC website to download the current issue. I hope you enjoy the articles.
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Center for Cybercrime Investigation and Cybersecurity
Director : Kyung-shick Choi | Main Office : 46 Warren Ave, Milton, MA 02186
Training Center : 30 JFK Street (3rd Floor), Cambridge, MA 02138
TEL : 617-358-2807 | FAX : 617-358-3595 | EMAIL : firstname.lastname@example.org