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Western Oregon University’s Cybercrime Investigations and Enforcement program addresses critical gaps  | #cybercrime | #computerhacker


MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University’s Cybercrime Investigations and Enforcement (CIE) minor is an innovative and hands-on program, that addresses the critical skills gap in cybercrime investigations for businesses and especially public service agencies in Oregon.

The CIE program prepares students to step into investigative roles and combat cybercrime effectively. Crimes such as identity theft, ransomware, financial fraud, online scams, child pornography, data theft, stalking, espionage, and violent offenses can have severe consequences for critical public services and vulnerable populations. 

George Chamberlin, CIE instructor, is also a former FBI cybercrime supervisor. He shares that as cybercrime caseloads continue to rise, law enforcement agencies are facing growing challenges in hiring and training first responders and investigators to manage complex investigations involving cybercrime and digital technology. Chamberlain adds that the CIE program helps prepare students to step into those critical investigative roles.

Emilee Gillespie, the first graduate of the program, recently completed a cybersecurity boot camp and is also preparing for the CompTIA Security+ exam. “It was a wonderful experience to meet so many instructors who have a clear passion for the subjects they teach. They work hard to get you to where you want to be,” shared Gillespie. “I hope students immerse themselves in the program and enjoy the ride.”

Western is committed to equipping students with practical skills and knowledge, aiming to create positive impacts on communities across Oregon and the United States.

For more information about the CIE Minor program. 

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About Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University, established in Monmouth in 1856, proudly stands as Oregon’s oldest public university. Hosting around 4,000 students, Western embodies a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution, with approximately 80% of its students hailing from within the state. Notably, its diverse student body comprises individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, veterans, and non-traditional learners. Western stands as the preferred campus in Oregon for those pursuing an enriching education within a nurturing, student-focused environment, characterized by faculty-led instruction. Together we succeed.



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