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Scott Helfstein, Ph.D., Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Combating Terrorism Center and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy, West Point and Senior Fellow at George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute, presents on the study of the interrelationship between illicit activity in the economic and political arenas.

5/28/2014
When: 5/28/2014
5:30 PM
Where: 21 Club
21 West 52nd Street
New York, New York  10019
United States
Presenter: Scott Helfstein, Ph.D
Contact: info@simny.com


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NY Metro Chapter Event:
Network in a Haystack: Big Data, Security, and the Global Illicit Network

This study looks at the interrelationship between illicit activity in the economic and political arenas. It offers a different perspective on the global illicit marketplace and the connectivity between crime and terror through examining the relationships of those who produce and profit from fear for financial or political purposes. Looking across a r
ange of illicit activities that include terrorism, narcotics, organized crime, human smuggling, and political corruption, the study presents a unique map of the illicit global marketplace. The 5.5 million data point study also suggests that there is still a great deal more to learn. The connectivity across 2,700 individuals in 122 countries is higher than one might imagine and the study looks at the conditions driving this behavior. It then goes on to consider issues in big data pertinent to the public and private sectors as well as information security challenges arising from the globally connected illicit network.


About the Speaker:

Scott Helfstein, Ph.D. is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Combating Terrorism Center and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy, West Point. He is also a Senior Fellow at George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. He focuses on the intersection of economics, technology and national security. Scott has lectured at places such as Cambridge, Harvard and the University of Michigan on economic security, technology in counterterrorism and cybersecurity. He is responsible for the center's interagency partnerships, maintaining relations with over 60 government offices. Scott holds a Joint Doctorate in Public Policy and Political Science from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in War Studies from King’s College, London. From 1999 to 2002, he worked as an investment banker focusing on mergers and acquisitions at Credit Suisse First Boston. Prior to that, Scott worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in the Banking Supervision and Regulation and Research and Statistics Divisions from 1997 to 1999. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from The George Washington University. Scott is a Term Member in the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the CFR Term Member Advisory Committee and was a participant in National Defense University’s Combating WMD Program for Emerging Leaders from 2009-2011.

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