Rebecca Mercuri
Rebecca Mercuri

Rebecca Mercuri, Ph.D. is the founding President of Notable Software, Inc. where her focus is on cybersecurity, digital forensic investigations, and expert witness services. Projects have included: contested elections, criminal defense, standards and vulnerability assessments, copyrights and patents. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, where her thesis, "Electronic Vote Tabulation -- Checks and Balances" led to her being asked to submit testimony in the Bush v. Gore 2000 election controversy, and has been hailed as one of the "Dissertation Ideas that Changed the World."

Dr. Mercuri is well-recognized for her many decades of research and advocacy in Computer Science, and was recently recognized as a Distinguished Contributor of the IEEE Computer Society. She frequently comments on election technology and other cyber topics in her Twitter feed, @notablemercuri, and is a frequent author for Communications of the ACM, with links to many of her earliest writings on voting. Additional information about Rebecca can be found here.

An avid educator, Dr. Mercuri has held full-time positions at Drexel University, Bryn Mawr College, The College of New Jersey, and Drew University. She also served as a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and the Radcliffe Institute. Currently she is the Director of the M.O.R.E. Project, a grant-funded IEEE initiative intended to increase the numbers of non-males and youth in amateur radio -- details on how to participate as a trainer or student may be found on the website.

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The Weird World of Financial Fraud & Cyberscams

Financial fraud and cyberscams are not just fearful topics featured in late-night infomercials. In the first half of 2022, U.S. Consumers reported a record $3.56B lost to online fraud (a 50% increase from the same period in 2021), with nearly 800,000 such complaints provided to the Federal Trade Commission. Imposter scams represented the highest percentage of these reported cases, with more than 361,000 filings, totaling $1.33B in losses.

Cyberscams have become so pervasive that Amazon issued a warning message in December to all of its customers. This briefing session will examine various financial fraud methods, including check fraud (paperhanging, floating, kiting), and identity theft. Ways to protect yourself and your business will be suggested.

Women in Cybersecurity Round Table

Cybersecurity continues to be one of the most critical fields in Information Technology, with some of the most interesting, complex and varied career opportunities. Dr. Rebecca Mercuri, who has been performing digital forensic investigations and providing expert witness testimony since 1998, will moderate this panel session that will discuss the many challenges that women face in this rewarding work.