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Macpherson Honored

October 17, 2007

Cyber crime expert Andrew Macpherson was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award during Homecoming Weekend at Mercyhurst College Sept. 28-29.

Since graduating from Mercyhurst in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in intelligence studies, Macpherson has made a name for himself as a cyber crime expert. Besides directing the Justiceworks Technical Analysis Group at UNH, he is a cyber crime adviser to the New Hampshire Department of Justice and has worked as an adviser to the Department of Homeland Security National Cyber Security Division.

Last January Macpherson was named one of the “Top 40 People Under 40” in New Hampshire for 2007 by the Union Leader newspaper, which lauded him for “helping teach hundreds of police officers statewide how to catch criminals preying on people over the Internet.”

Growing up in Canada, Macpherson was in business school there when he developed an interest in intelligence and began researching educational opportunities online. That led him to Mercyhurst, where he fast-forwarded by doubling up on coursework and earning his degree in two years at the age of 29.

He earned his master’s degree at the London School of Economics and took a position at Dartmouth’s newly formed counterterrorism institute (The Institute for Security Technology Studies) in 2000.

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