Cybersecurity And Cybercrime: 5 Questions
For Dr. Marwan Omar [Video]
Saint Leo computer science professor shares his thoughts
on the changing cybercrime landscape.
This October marks the 12th
annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
Amid the daily headlines about massive data breaches and dire
warnings about individual identity theft and scams of every ilk, it
could be said that we’re finally getting the message about
cybercrime and taking action.
We’re more aware that phishing is different than fishing. We’re
safeguarding our passwords, upgrading our antivirus software and
deleting spam. (For more tips, check out Cybersecurity
Reality Check: 6 No-Brainer Tips.)
Still, according to the latest Internet Security
Threat Report published annually by Symantec, the
need for both individuals and organizations to be vigilant and
proactive is more urgent than ever. The report states that in
Given the continually evolving malware landscape – and with
cyber criminals becoming more stealth and more sophisticated – what
does the future hold?
Will creepware – using Internet-connected webcams to spy on
people – increase?
Will the data stored on personal health devices like FitBits be
hacked in the years to come?
Could a malicious app on your phone become a potential medium
for attacking your car?
What about the hacking of medical devices? Insulin pumps,
defibrillators and pace makers?
Dr. Marwan Omar is assistant professor of computer science at
Saint Leo. Originally from the small town of Khansor in northern
Iraq, he served as a volunteer interpreter and cultural advisor to
the U.S. Army. After graduating from the University of Mosul, he
became an IT technician for the Army base commander, in addition to
supporting the IT training initiatives of Iraqi Army officers.
Upon immigrating to the United States, Dr. Omar held positions
in the IT industry and in academia before joining Saint Leo this
fall. An expert in the area of smart phone security and defending
Android-based smart phones against emerging malware attacks, Dr.
Omar teaches undergraduate computer science courses at University
Campus, in addition to courses in Saint Leo’s online master’s
program in cybersecurity.
In this video, Dr. Omar answers five questions about the
evolution of cybercrime and the increasing need for cybersecurity
You can watch the interview in its entirety or click on a
question and go directly to that response.