CIC lab
Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity Lab

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CIC is an interdisciplinary laboratory that provides collaborative, multi-lateral alliances to educate, train, and recommend policy implications to professions dealing with cybercrime, cyber-security, and other forms of digital/technological inquiries. The Center aims to connect various interdisciplinary sectors in a global initiative to combat and address burgeoning issues pertaining to various forms of cybercrime(s) and/or online activities.

Three specialized units are recognized within the scope of the Center:
(1) Networking, (2) Research, and (3) Professional Training.

Main Goals

The main objectives of CIC include the following purposes:

  • To establish international partnerships, conduct collaborative research, and provide law enforcement training to global audiences interested in cybercrime and cybersecurity.
  • To become a leader and sustainable source of scholarship, training, and service in cybercrime and cybersecurity for both national and international communities.
  • To provide potential research opportunities that allows students to develop skills for the purposes of career advancement.

CIC Focal Areas

CIC has three specialized units


The Networking unit focuses on bridging the gap between scholars, practitioners, and policy makers so that fluid knowledge sharing can occur and collaboration can be had.


The main objective of this unit is to heighten the expertise and proficiency of empirical and practical knowledge within cybercrime, while providing a space and forum for multidisciplinary collaboration.


The Training unit provides simple but clear guidelines for practitioners, which include (but are not limited to): law enforcement, specialized practitioners, educators, and policy makers.

Our Board

Our Board Members includes academics, practitioners and law enforcement agency members with extensive expertise of cybersecurity intelligence and cybercrime.
The members actively engage in research, scholarship, training and investigations and serve as the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Cybersecurity Intelligence and Cybercrime.


Peter Grabosky, Ph.D.
IJCIC Honorary Editor
Emeritus professor


Lennon Chang, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer


Gregor Urbas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor


Michael Joyce
Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator


Chris Kayser
Founder, President, CEO


Colonel Carlos Benitez
Chief of Technology for Citizen Security


Major Marlon Toro
Vice Principal, School of Information Technologies, ESTIC


Lieutenant Alejandro Garzon
Chief of Research, School of Information Technologies. ESTIC


Udi Mokady
Founder, Chairman & CEO


Chris Pogue
Head of Services, Security,
and Partner Integrations


Katelyn Wan Fei Ma
Senior Fraud Detection Analyst


Mtro. Manelich Castilla
President of AMERIPOL


Sungjin Hong
Cyber Terror Response Center, Investigator, International Cooperation Staff


Korean Institute of Criminology
UNODC Project


Katalin Parti, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow


Karuppannan Jaishankar, Ph.D.
Professor, Department Head


Gibum Kim
Professor and Digital Crime Senior Inspector


Yoon-sik (Jake) Jang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


Majid Yar, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Criminology


Catherine D. Marcum, Ph.D.
Associate Professor


Tanya Zlateva, Ph.D.
Dean of MET College; Professor; Director of Security Programs


Lou Chitkushev, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of MET College; Associate Professor; Director of Health Informatics and Health Sciences Programs


Daniel P. LeClair, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Applied Social Sciences


Enping Li, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


Elizabeth Englander, Ph.D.
Director of MARC and Preofessor


Dennis Giever, Ph.D.
Professor, Department Head


Susan Hayes
Principal, Pharmacy Outcomes Specialists, Pharmacy Investigators and Consultants


Joseph Provost


Kyungseok Choo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Director of the M.S. program in Financial Crime and Compliance Management


Suzanne Mello-Stark, Ph.D.
Associate Teaching Prof.CYBERCORPS: Scholarship for service program manager


Zech Seungmuk Lee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor


Anthony Petrosino
Director of the WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center

Cybercrime Prevention

The primary goal of the cybercrime prevention program is to prevent individuals from becoming potential cyber-criminals in the future. This objective can be accomplished by facilitating the acquisition of solid ethical standards for students in school. School is the most pristine setting for initial exposure and training in computer ethics. Such programs may be very effective in preventing students from engaging with online criminal subcultures. 

In other words, if schools provide adequately structured cybercrime prevention programs, students may be able to avoid committing cybercrime, including Internet fraud, in the near future. Moreover, students can also learn how to prevent Internet fraud victimization and other forms of cybercrime victimization. 

While this sort of program can act as an early intervention initiative towards cybercrime prevention, the process must continue in the workplace for more technical cybersecurity awareness training. 

Would you like to know more about the program or let us know about your work and ideas? Please contact us here

CIC Coordinator

Dr. Kyung-shick Choi

PhD, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; MS, Boston University; BS, Northeastern University

As the Cybercrime Investigation and Cybersecurity (CIC) Program Coordinator at Boston University, Dr Choi oversees the graduate programs in Cybercrime Investigation and Cybersecurity (CIC).

In addition, Dr Choi established the Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity (CIC) Lab at Boston University with the goal of fostering research and training in the field of cybercrime and cybersecurity. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the CIC lab encourages collaboration between criminology and other cybercrime-related disciplines for developing effective cybercrime prevention strategies and practices. The CIC lab intends to promote conference sessions pertaining to cybercrime issues for researchers and practitioners of crossing disciplinary boundaries via a rigorous exchange of ideas and information. Looking to the future, Dr Choi is preparing cybercrime training and cybercrime research-related workshops through the CIC lab.

As an international cyber-criminologist, Dr. Choi has been invited as a guest speaker and a cybercrime expert for various national and international conferences. The Korean Institute of Criminology, in cooperation with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), invited him to facilitate the UN’s Virtual Forum against Cybercrime as an instructor in 2009. Dr. Choi was further invited as a guest speaker to the 2015 International Symposium on Cybercrime Response (ISCR) in Seoul, South Korea and a keynote speaker to the AMERIPOL X Summit in Chile in 2017. Dr. Choi was also invited by a State Representative as a cybercrime and cybersecurity expert to testify in support of cybersecurity bill (No. H2814) for the Massachusetts Statehouse in 2017.

Dr. Choi also facilitates the International Journal of Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Intelligence as the Editor-in-Chief and the founding editor. Dr Choi also conducts his own academic research focusing on the intersection of human behavior and technology and how criminal justice can respond effectively to the challenges of cybercrime. In 2008, he proposed the Cyber-Routine Activities Theory, which has become a predominant theory of computer crime victimization. His work has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals. He is the author of the books Risk Factors in Computer Crime (2010), Cybercriminology and Digital Investigation (2015), and Cibercriminología. Guía para la investigación del cibercrimen y mejores prácticas en seguridad digital [Cybercriminology: Guide for cybercrime investigation and best practices in digital security] (2017).

Our Team

Dr. Claire Seungeun Lee

PhD, National University of Singapore; MA, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies; BA, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

Dr. Hannarae Lee

PhD, Indiana University - Bloomington; MA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; BA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Hyeyoung Lim

PhD, Sam Houston State University; LLM, Dongguk University; BS, Sookmyung Women’s University

Sinchul Back

PhD (Candidate), Florida International University; MS, Bridgewater State University; BS, Northeastern University

Leo Burstein, CISSP

Director, Ed.Technology & Innovation, Boston University

Kevin Earl

PhD (Candidate), University of New Haven; MS, Bridgewater State University; BS, Bridgewater State University

Marlon Mike Toro-Alvarez

MS, Boston University; Ed.S, University of Sabana; BS, Catholic University of Colombia; BS, National Directorate of Education

Edgard Hermandez Reyna

MS, Boston University; BS, Northeastern University

Yuvaraj Gunasekaran

MEng, Boston University; BTech, Government College of Technology- Coimbatore

Jin Ree Lee

PhD (Candidate), Michigan State University; MA, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; BA, University of Toronto

Contact Us

Cybercrime requires a fresh response from law enforcement officers, as well as better online lifestyles at both home and school. Please help CIC to accomplish these goals.

808 Commonwealth Ave. RM 215
Boston, MA 02215

+1 617-358-2807