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Art Bowker

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Mr. Bowker has over 27 years’ experience in law enforcement & corrections and is recognized as an expert in managing cyber-risk in offender populations.  In addition to co-writing Investigating Internet Crimes, 1st Edition: An Introduction to Solving Crimes in Cyberspace, he is also the author of The Cybercrime Handbook for Community Corrections: Managing Offender Risk in the 21st Century (Charles C. Thomas Publisher, LTC. (March 20, 2012).  He has also had numerous articles published in professional publications, such as the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.

In 2013, Mr. Bowker received the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) Sam Houston State University Award for his writing contributions to promote awareness of cybercrime and tools for helping the community corrections field combat computer crime. He is an APPA member and serves on its Technology Committee. Mr. Bowker is also a lifetime High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) member and served in various positions on its Executive Committee, including International President in 2008. Additionally, he writes a blog, the Three C’s: Computers, Crime and Corrections (http://corrections.com/cybercrime) and has his own website, Computer PO (http://computerpo.com). He can be followed on Twitter, @Computerpo.

According to the book description of The Cybercrime Handbook for Community Corrections: Managing Offender Risk in the 21st Century, “In the early 1990s, professionals began to question how to address offender computer use while on supervision, but in the past ten years, tools emerged that were specifically developed for triage and field forensics. As these were rapidly embraced, it was still unclear what professionals could look for, how to look for it, and how to interpret what they found. This unique book resolves those issues. The book provides a clear outline of what can and should be done regarding the management of offender computer use. Not only does the text help community corrections professionals understand how to monitor computer use, but it helps realize how information gained during monitoring can assist in overall case management. The book takes the reader through all the paces of managing offender cyber-risk and is meant specifically for pretrial, probation, parole, and community sanction officers. The chapters are organized by major areas, such as community corrections and cyberspace, understanding the options, condition legality, operational legality, accessing cyber-risk, computer education, principles of effective computer monitoring, search and seizure, deploying monitoring software, and online investigations. Additionally, numerous appendices provide a wealth of information regarding model forms, questionnaires, and worksheets. This book moves the reader toward a more informed use of the technology that is now readily available to effectively manage offenders’ digital behavior.

According to the book description of Investigating Internet Crimes: An Introduction to Solving Crimes in Cyberspace, “Written by experts on the frontlines, Investigating Internet Crimes provides seasoned and new investigators with the background and tools they need to investigate crime occurring in the online world. This invaluable guide provides step-by-step instructions for investigating Internet crimes, including locating, interpreting, understanding, collecting, and documenting online electronic evidence to benefit investigations.

Cybercrime is the fastest growing area of crime as more criminals seek to exploit the speed, convenience and anonymity that the Internet provides to commit a diverse range of criminal activities. Today's online crime includes attacks against computer data and systems, identity theft, distribution of child pornography, penetration of online financial services, using social networks to commit crimes, and the deployment of viruses, botnets, and email scams such as phishing. Symantec's 2012 Norton Cybercrime Report stated that the world spent an estimated $110 billion to combat cybercrime, an average of nearly $200 per victim.”

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