Understand how the author's experiences with the study of forensic linguistics can be used to improve the efficacy of the human element in information security.
Judith Tabron, Ph.D., CISSP, travels constantly between the worlds of information technology, teaching and learning, management, cybersecurity, and forensic linguistics. At Rowan University, as the Vice President for Information Resources and Technology, she introduced IT service management to streamline service offerings, resolved technology and service relationship issues for researchers and clinical providers, and simplified PMO management.
Dr. Tabron has 20 years’ progressively responsible experience in university IT environments, dating from early days using BITNet and VMS (which remains her favorite operating system). She built the Center for Instructional Multimedia and Technology (CIMTech) at Brandeis University and several academically and financially successful distance learning programs at Hofstra University. She has built many active learning spaces and collaborative public labs, regularized maintenance of classroom technology and introduced innovative classroom support. Her teams deliver grant products on time and on budget, and she wrote the technical section of the largest grant Hofstra has received to date from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Leading Hofstra's faculty and student computing departments, she introduced lightweight project management and ITIL service orientation as well as personally taught the Catalyst Boot Camp faculty development course.
Beginning with the development of Hofstra's new medical school and the need for HIPAA data security for healthcare patients, Dr. Tabron became interested in data and process security around 2008 and that interest has grown in recent years with the growth cybercrime's public impact. She presented at NYSACEWN in 2013 about cybersecurity and collaboration.
Dr. Tabron completed a new master's degree in forensic linguistics and presented at Black Hat 2016 her work on linguistic aspects of IRS scams. She continues to work with The Institute for Forensic Linguistics, Threat Assessment, and Strategic Analysis at Hofstra University, specializing in language evidence in cybercrime.
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