Ina Wanca
 
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Ina Wanca

Ina Wanca

MS in Global Affairs
Alumna, Class of 2013

I have always been passionate about technology, and I was interested in answering questions surrounding cybercrime from the nexus of human security and conflict. Given my interest in cybersecurity, my decision to pursue the Transnational Security concentration was a natural choice. I was able to choose security courses that had an effect on cybercrime. For example, during classes in conflict assessment and transnational crime, I researched ways to assess underlying drivers of cybersecurity. Later, when I participated in a field intensive in Prague, I developed a conflict assessment framework, which allowed me to illustrate the national and transnational challenges of cybercrime.

As a director of cybercrime prevention at the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, my task is to develop cybercrime prevention programs in NYC and beyond that address weaknesses in human cybersecurity. To better serve the global community, I engage with law enforcement, policymakers, diplomats, businesspeople, and academics to explore ways to prevent cyber threats in creative ways. I use transnational security frameworks to analyze trends, patterns, and dynamics that predict cybercrime, examining the underlying geopolitical, security, legal, and economic factors that impact cybersecurity. After I gain an understanding of the cyber-threat landscape, I design human-centered, cognitive-based applications to resolve pressing cyber risks. Applying this approach, I help public and private enterprises craft the necessary solutions to mitigate cyber challenges. I also am a lecturer at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where I teach the course Safety of Computers and Their Data.