Cristian Balan named director of Champlain College

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt. — Cristian Balan of Plattsburgh, N.Y., has been named the new director of the Computer & Digital Forensics program at Champlain College. Balan joined the Champlain faculty in July and now steps up to direct a nationally recognized program that was built by founding director Gary Kessler.Kessler will now focus his attention full time on the Champlain College Center for Digital Investigation, a US Department of Justice-funded center at the college, which has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.Balan is the owner and operator of a computer networks administration and security consulting business and he has extensive experience with the New York law enforcement community. He is also the chief of the Vermont Army National Guard Computer Network Defense Team. Balan has served as faculty member and distance learning coordinator at several colleges, including Clinton Community College, SUNY Potsdam and Plattsburgh State University. He has also trained computer emergency response teams for several years at the National Guard Technical and Readiness Center at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt. Balan is a member of Infragard, an FBI-sponsored professional organization, and a member of the National Guard Association of Vermont.Since joining Champlain College, Balan has taught digital forensics and network security courses. He has also been instrumental in program management and leading initiatives in the continuous improvement of both the on-campus and online curricula, said Dr. Don Haggerty, interim dean of Champlains Division of Information Technology & Sciences.Balan holds a bachelors degree in mathematics, a masters in secondary education and a certificate of advanced studies in school administration from Plattsburgh State University. He is currently pursuing a PhD in information security. He is a bilingual, native-born Romanian, who is also knowledgeable in Spanish, French and Italian.last_img read more

Lawyers exempted from federal privacy provision

first_imgLawyers exempted from federal privacy provision Lawyers exempted from federal privacy provision January 1, 2006 Regular Newscenter_img A federal appeals court has ruled the nation’s lawyers are not bound by the privacy and information-sharing requirements of the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled December 6 that the privacy provisions of Title V of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act do not apply to lawyers, stating, “We cannot hold that Congress has directly and plainly granted the [Federal Trade] Commission the authority to regulate practicing attorneys as the commission attempts.. . . The commission’s interpretation is not a reasonable one,” Judge David Sentelle wrote for the three-judge panel that heard the case.“When we examine a scheme of the length, detail, and intricacy of the one before us, we find it difficult to believe that Congress, by any remaining ambiguity, intended to undertake the regulation of the profession of law — a profession never before regulated by ‘federal functional regulators’ — and never mentioned in the statute. To find this interpretation deference worthy, we would have to conclude that Congress not only had hidden a rather large elephant in a rather obscure mousehole, but had buried the ambiguity in which the pachyderm lurks beneath an incredibly deep mound of specificity, none of which bears the footprints of the beast or any indication that Congress even suspected its presence. We therefore seriously doubt that Congress intended to empower the Commission to undertake that regulation.. . . ”Chief Judge Douglas Ginsburg concurred. The third judge on the panel was now U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who did not participate in the final decision.The GLBA requires financial institutions to send out notices to customers alerting them to the possibility of disclosure of their personal financial information and providing methods for customers to “opt out” of the institution’s disclosure practices. When the FTC sought to apply this provision to attorneys engaged in such practice areas as tax planning and transactions, estate planning, real estate closings, and personal bankruptcy, the New York State Bar Association and the ABA challenged that policy successfully in court.Judge Reggie B. Walton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted summary judgment in May 2004.last_img read more

Round table – FSB: The future of sportsbook personalisation

first_img FSB teams up with Cricket.com to launch predictions game June 18, 2020 Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Mark Wilson: How FSB is meeting the recreational cricket punter’s demands August 20, 2020 Some of the leading suppliers to the sports betting industry offered their insights into the future for sportsbook personalisation based on automated customer segmentation, advanced behavioural analysis and predictive AI-driven models.The second round table participant was FSB, who last week struck a new deal with Mark Jarvis Racing, one of the leading independent bookmakers in the UK. The company was represented by its CEO David McDowell.SBC: What role does pricing and risk have to play in the differentiation of a sportsbook offering?David McDowell (FSB): Thanks to automated, algorithmic pricing, it’s increasingly a homogenised arena for odds these days where the market unerringly assigns “good” prices to any probabilistic scenario. As a result, there are progressively few good reasons to really stand out on price. Going best price as part of a marketing ploy, however, does present one such beneficial channel, for example. Accordingly, we offer our clients (especially those who retain their own trading teams) the facility to push volume in a controlled manner whenever they wish. Price boosts offers are widespread, too. But with players readily able to back and lay in the modern world, carpet-baggers can be quick to exploit such arbitrage opportunities. Therefore, you must employ flexible profiling and risk-management tools that can reward the regular customer yet restrict the arber. SBC: How can operators build on their customer analytics to both improve player experience and drive higher margins?DM: There’s so much data that resides in sportsbook that you can’t simply rely on, say, turnover as a proxy for likely revenue as you would with a casino. You need to filter the sharp from the recreational with meta tags and segmentation tools that accurately identify clients and their playing proclivities. While this can mean restricting negative forces like those aforementioned arbers, it’s mostly a positive movement with which to enhance the player journey (e.g. putting the right market in front of the customer). Tags that flag behavioural traits (in-play biases, preferred markets, sports, even a customer’s favourite football club or tennis player) can improve the experience and correctly configure landing pages and other dynamic aspects of the customer journey from the log-in, according to customer inclination. SBC: How can AI and analytics be used to personalise and tailor the sports betting experience?DM: Logically, following on from my previous answer, improved turnover and margins will inevitably follow if your system can effectively recognise your customer from the log-in, offering a personalised and customised experience. Marketing campaigns can also be tailored in the same fashion. Indeed, I believe these high-volume AI systems present a key battleground of the future for marketeers implementing successful strategies. Essentially, AI is a tool to refine and gear up what you can already do manually in order that a more efficient process can ensue. That’s true whether you’re measuring margin or installing an optimised marketing campaign to better speak to the customer and elevates their experience. At FSB, we’ve staked our model around such automation, building the most advanced, responsive platform around understanding the workflow before trying to make it more efficient. Harnessing technology, for which AI is a useful tool, in the most efficient way is one of the reasons why just 14 of our traders can oversee 35 brands across 8 platform implementations, each trading over 100,000 live events annually. Indeed, we’ve staked our business model on processing these economies of scale with the industry’s most scalable, flexible, and efficient sports betting and gaming platform.SBC: A lot has been said recently about gamification, what can it do for sportsbook?DM: Gamification, as a buzzword, has been doing the rounds for years but it’s only now that the systems are finally in place to realise its player engagement and retention possibilities. As we’ve already discussed, in a marketplace of increasingly standardised odds and markets, what separates the customer experience, aside from simply having your site function well? The wider mass market is yet to execute gamification in any worthwhile way, so there are certainly still gaps for some more niche brands to develop and flourish with fully gamified products along the Words With Friends model whereby social interaction helps to drive more frequent snack-sized engagement sessions. This would definitely do a better job for customer retention with stronger bonusing and clearer incentives, but would be extremely niche for the entire sports betting experience. To which end, it’s no surprise to see various free-to-play options, premised on gamification, already taking the lead as lead generation or customer acquisition tools.last_img read more