Robert D'Ovidio, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Criminology and Justice Studies
Expertise Criminal Justice

D'Ovidio researches the intersection of computer technology, crime and the criminal justice system. He directs Drexel's research program in computer crime and digital forensics. In the past, he has worked with the New York City Police Department and Philadelphia Police Department on research projects involving computer crime. His work with the law enforcement community also includes training investigators on techniques to trace Internet communication and seize electronic evidence and cell phones.

He is a member of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists, the American Society of Criminology, and the United States Secret Service Philadelphia- Area Electronic Crimes Task Force. D'Ovidio sits on the National Governors Association's Strategic Policy Council on Cyber and Electronic Crime. He serves as an advisor to the Pennsylvania State Treasurer on identity theft and is a consultant to BK Forensics, assisting with law enforcement outreach and the development of training curriculum. He provides regular commentary for media outlets on news stories pertaining to computer crime, Internet safety, identity theft and surveillance.

For news media inquiries, contact Emily Storz at els332@drexel.edu, 215.895.2705 (office) or 609.351.3592 (cell).

In The News

Cybersecurity Expert Urges Parents to Talk With Kids About Online Safety Ahead of School Year
Robert D'Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in an Aug. 19 KYW-TV (CBS-3) story about parents needing to talk with their kids ahead of the school year about online safety.
Troubleshooters: Know the Dangers of Cell Phone SIM Swapping and How To Protect Yourself
Robert D'Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed for an Aug. 11 WPVI-TV (6-abc) segment about the dangers of cell phone SIM swapping and how to protect against it.
How Scammers Are Using Your Own Phone Number to Trick You With Suspicious Text Message
Robert D'Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed for a March 30 WPVI-TV (6-abc) segment about scammers using your own phone number to trick you with suspicious text messages.
Inbox Full of Spam? Here’s How To Cut Down on Unwanted Emails
Robert D'Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a March 30 Yahoo! Life article about ways to reduce spam and cut down on unwanted emails.
Whitehall Twp. Police Investigating Identity Theft Crime Spree: Prevention Tips Everyone Should Know
Robert D'Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed in an Nov. 16 WPVI-TV (6-abc) story about phishing scams and preventing identity theft.
Colonial Pipeline Shutdown Could Impact Millions of Consumers, Expert Warns
Robert D'Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a May 11 WPVI-TV (6-abc) about a Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack.
Why Deepfake Videos Keep Criminologists up at Night
Robert D'Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed in a KYW-Newsradio (1060-AM) “In Depth” podcast about deep fakes and how experts figure out what's real and what isn't.
Delaware County Officials Paid $25,000 in Ransom To Hackers Who Infiltrated the County’s Computer System
Robert D'Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Jan. 7 Philadelphia Inquirer article about ransom to hackers who infiltrated Delaware County’s computer system.

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