In the News: Marcella on Anthem breach; Alakoc on terror case; Lewis ’79 commencement coverage

| February 10, 2015

Recent news media coverage involving Webster University community members includes:

Lewis Commencement Speaker Announcement in STLBJ, RFT, Fox2

The announcement that St. Louis native and Webster University alumna Jenifer Lewis ’79 would be this year’s commencement speaker drew coverage around the region:

  • The St. Louis Business Journal included the announcement in its “5 Things…” update, noting her career accomplishments and community involvement, most notably as an AIDS activist and as a Human Rights Campaign Ally for Equality.
  • The Riverfront Times covered the announcement, with more on her background growing up near Ferguson, in the historically black city of Kinloch.
  • Fox2 News covered the news with this intro: “Actress and community activist Jenifer Lewis is returning to her hometown for a big honor,” plus a congratulatory tweet from a fellow alum.
Alakoc at KMOV on Federal Terrorism Charges

A St. Louis County couple faces federal charges for allegedly funneling money and military supplies overseas to the Islamic State (ISIS), coordinating via social media with thers residing in Illinois and New York. CBS affiliate KMOV spoke with Pinar Alakoc, assistant professor of International Relations in the College of Arts & Sciences, on how the emergence of this kind of threat facilitated over social media. Alakoc’s areas of academic expertise include political violence and terrorism.

“The question is how could they actually reach out, and how could perpetrators come from any part of the world? Well, they can, because now terrorism is really not confined to any specific region. Perpetrators from anywhere — if you want to be a perpetrator — you can.”

Watch the news clip with Alakoc at KMOV here.

Marcella at KSDK on Anthem Data Breach

A data security breach at Anthem, one of the largest insurance companies in the United States, made news last week and had reporters like KSDK’s Art Holliday turning to IT security expert Al Marcella, professor in Webster’s George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, on fears of identity theft:

“In today’s 24-7, always on, globally connected network, data is a commodity,” said Webster University business professor Dr. Al Marcella. “If I can get data and if it’s your personal data, or company data, I have something I can trade, sell and I can make a profit on it.”

Marcella also spoke about steps consumers can take if they fear their information has been compromised. Read the story and watch the clip with Marcella at KSDK.

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