October 17, 2007
Cyber crime expert Andrew Macpherson was honored with the Distinguished
Alumni Award during Homecoming Weekend at Mercyhurst College
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.