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Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Teams with Seton Hall Law and Rutgers School of Law–Newark for Cybersecurity Law Project

New Jersey Prosecutors and Homeland Security Agents Attend Classes Free of Charge

Computer or “cyber” crime and “cyber” terrorism have quickly become acknowledged as major threats to business, individual safety and national security. The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs recently reported that the Executive Branch agencies and the Congress alone are now under cyber attack an average of 1.8 billion times per month and that cyber crime costs our national economy billions of dollars annually.

Citing the need for lawyers and law enforcement professionals to keep pace with the increased prevalence and sophistication of cybercrime, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office has partnered with Seton Hall Law School’s Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology and Rutgers School of Law–Newark to bring specialized training in cybersecurity to both law students and practicing attorneys. The initial offering of the partnership, a thirteen week course on Cybersecurity Law held at Seton Hall Law School and taught by Gibbons Institute Director, Professor David Opderbeck, was made available to both Seton Hall and Rutgers–Newark students as well as prosecutors throughout the state and agents of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security. Twenty prosecutors and agents signed up for the course—free of charge. Rutgers–Newark Law School will offer a seminar on Cybercrimes in Spring 2011, while Seton Hall Law will offer a course on Computer Crimes Practice at that time.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli stated: “Cybercrime is a local, national and international problem of the first priority. Damages amount to billions of dollars, threatening national and state security with economic and terroristic threats to medical and personal privacy, and predation upon the young and defenseless. We need to work together to ensure the collective safety and privacy of our citizens—and to assure the continued expertise of our security professionals, attorneys and future attorneys. This program will help make that happen.”

In addition to courses on Cybersecurity Law and Computer Crimes Practice, the Project includes a full day Conference, to be held in Spring, 2011 (also free of charge to the legal and academic communities); a Portal Website which will function as an up-to-date electronic compendium of applicable state and federal law and regulations; and for students, internships in the field.

Dean of Rutgers–Newark Law School, John J. Farmer, Jr. said “We are very pleased to be a partner in this project. It will give students and attorneys the chance to fully immerse themselves in an important and emerging area of the law, and in fieldwork which will solidify that training for our students. “

Dean Patrick E. Hobbs of Seton Hall Law agreed, stating, “This is a tremendous opportunity for academics, attorneys and law students to come together and learn from each other while devising solutions to our common problems involving law, science and technology. It’s exactly why the Gibbons Institute was founded.”


Michael Ricciardelli
Legal Media Officer
Cell: 908-447-3034
Email: [email protected]

Maureen Parenta
Office of the Bergen County Prosecutor
Office: 201-226-5500, ext. 5509
Email: [email protected]

August 31, 2010