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Professor

University of Central Oklahoma
mmccoy@uco.edu (405) 974-6914 Forensic Science Institute FSI 110F , Box 203

About

Mark McCoy joined the faculty at UCO in the fall of 2005 following retirement from his position as Deputy Inspector with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI). Prior to his career at the OSBI, he worked as a police officer for the Tulsa Police Department and was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Dr. McCoy is a professor in the UCO Forensic Science Institute and the School of Criminal Justice. He has been Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) since 1996 and was the first supervisor of the OSBI Computer Crime Unit. He was selected as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Digital Forensics in 2012. His research interests include the application of technology in law enforcement, digital forensics, computer crime, and law enforcement education and training.

Education and Certifications

Ed.D., Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 2000. 

M.S., Forensic Science, National University, San Diego, California, 1984.

B.S., Public Administration (Criminal Justice –Minor), Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1980.

Professional Certifications

  • Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) (1999 – 2021)
  • Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) certification coach (1999 – Present)
  • Access Data Certified Examiner (ACE) (Present)
  • State of Oklahoma Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate (1990)
  • Certified Instructor for the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (1986)

Honors and Awards

Neely Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Central Oklahoma, (2018)

Fulbright Senior Specialist in Information Technology (Digital Forensics) (2012)

Honor Graduate - Tulsa Police Academy (1984)

Classes Taught

  • CJ 4523\5523- Cyber Crime
  • FRSC 4463\5463- Digital Forensics
  • FRSC 4633\5633- Digital Forensics Tools and Analysis
  • FRSC 5873- Research Methods in Forensic Science
  • ISOM 3343- IT Security and Risk Management
  • FRSC 5863- Expert Witness

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Selected Publications & Presentations

Refereed Journal Articles

Robberson, S.J. & McCoy, M.R. (2018) “A Bit Like Cash: Understanding Cash-For-Bitcoin Transactions Through Individual Vendors” Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law Vol 13, No. 2

McCoy, M.R, (2014) Book Review: "Unleashing the Power of Unconditional Respect: Transforming Law Enforcement and Police Training", Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, Vol. 37 Iss: 3

Adams, D.E., Mabry, J.P., McCoy, M. R., & Lord, W. D. (2012). “Challenges for forensic science: New demands in today’s world. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences. DOI: 10.1080/00450618.2012.728246.

Cheng, J, McCoy, M.R., & Noel, D. (2012). “A just-in-time model for teaching and solving cybercrimes: A comparative study of management information systems and digital forensics. Journal of Information Systems Technology & Planning (JISTP). 5, (13) pp. 44-61.

McCoy, M. R. (2006). “Teaching style and the application of adult learning principles by police instructors”, Policing: An international journal of police strategies and management 29, (1) pp. 77-91.

McCoy, M. R. (2006). “Cops, computers and the curriculum”, International journal of police science and management, 8, (2) pp. 153- 158.

Books

McCoy, M.R. & Elliott, R. (2018). The Digital Evidence Workbook: Practical Exercises & Activities. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque, IA.

Book Chapters

McCoy, M.R. & Elliott, R. (2015) “Collection and Preservation of Digital Evidence” in Handbook for Detectives edited by Eterno and Roberson, Taylor and Francis Group.

McCoy, M. R. (2011) “Cybercrimes” in Introduction to Criminal Investigation edited by Michael Birzer and Cliff Roberson, CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group.

Publications in Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings

McCoy, M. R. & Porterfield, C. (2018). Transforming Forensic Science Education with Service and Experiential Learning Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 70th Annual Scientific Meeting, Seattle, Washington.

McCoy, M. R. & Porterfield, C. (2017). Transforming Forensic Science Education with Service and Experiential Learning. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 69th Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, La.

McCoy, M.R. (2014). Digital Forensics and Service Learning: The Oklahoma Tornados Project, Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 66th Annual Scientific Meeting, Seattle, Washington, (Winner of 2015 Digital and Multimedia Section “Best Case Study” Award).

McCoy, M. R. & Sorrano, V. (2013). Taking a Deeper Look Inside Microsoft’s Xbox 360: The Acquisition and Investigation. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 65th Anniversary Meeting, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Washington D. C.,

Adams, D.E., Mabry, J. P, McCoy, M.R. , Lord, W. D. , & Jourdan, T.H.. (2012). A Novel Approach to Forensic Science Education. Proceedings of the 2012 Asian Association of Police Studies Conference, Shenyang, China. Pp. 416-431.

Adams, D.E., Jourdan, T.H., Lord, W.D. & McCoy, M.R., (2009). “Forensic science education: A new paradigm”. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Evidence, Law, and Forensic Science, Beijing, China.

McCoy, M.R. (2009). “The virtual digital forensics laboratory”. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Vol. 15. Annual Scientific Meeting, February 16-21, 2009, Denver, Colorado

McCoy, M.R. & Ensz S.  (2008). “The virtual digital forensics lab: Expanding law enforcement capabilities.” Proceedings of the Conference on Digital Forensics, Security, and Law, April 23-25, 2008, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

McCoy, M.R. (2002).  “We lecture but we don’t like it; Teaching style in law enforcement education and training in Oklahoma” Rocky Mountain Educational Research Conference Proceedings, October 24, 2002, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Regional /Local Publications

McCoy, M. R. (2003, Fall). Digital evidence: where do we go from here? Chief-to-Chief, 4. 29- 30.

McCoy, M. R. (1999).  Computer forensics.  The Oklahoma Peace Officer 68, (1), p. 5.

International Presentations

21st International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Challenges for Forensic Science to Objectively Meet New Demands in Today’s World. Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, September 24, 2012.

Asian Association of Police Studies, China Criminal Police University, Shenyang, China. A Novel Approach to Forensic Science Education, Shenyang China, July, 2012

Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences, Canberra Chapter, The Future of Digital Forensics: Where we’ve been and where we’re going”, March 20, 2012, Canberra, ACT, Australia

7th Office Europeen De Lutte Anti-Fraude (OLAF) European Computer Forensic Conference, Budenheim, Germany, Internet Forensic Examiner, October 10—14, 2011.

National/Regional Presentations

American Academy of Forensic Sciences 72th Annual Scientific Meeting – High Impact Practices in Forensic Science Education “Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR): Student Development for Employability, Citizenship, and Sustainability, February 17, 2020

International Association for Identification (IAI), Oklahoma Chapter, Effective Expert Witnessing, June 5, 2019.

American Academy of Forensic Sciences 70th Annual Scientific Meeting - Transforming Forensic Science Education with Service and Experiential Learning in workshop “Innovative teaching with Active Learning Methods: Implementation in Forensic Science Education, February 19, 2018 with C. Porterfield

Oklahoma City Chapter, Association of Government Accountants (AGA), “10 Cyber Security Threats That You Can’t Ignore” 2017 Fall Conference, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, November 15, 2017

Hacking Oklahoma: Updating State Cybercrime Law: Panel Discuss, Hon. Stephanie Bice, Dr. Tyler Moore. November 8, 2017

Transforming Forensic Science Education with Service and Experiential Learning. American Academy of Forensic Sciences 69th Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, La., February 17, 2017 with C. Porterfield

Service Learning in Forensic Science: A Tool for Transformative Education. Transformative Learning Conference, April 1, 2016. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. with C. Porterfield

Oklahoma Research Day, Northeastern Oklahoma State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, The Use of Forensic Corpora in Validation of Data Carving on Solid State Drives, March 8, 2016

Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction, Silver Anniversary Training Conference, Event Reconstruction with Digital Evidence, February 11, 2015. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Research Day, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma. A Validation Study of the Bloodstain Classification Decision Map. March 8, 2014

Oklahoma Research Day, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma. A Comparative Study of CAD Zone and SceneVision 3D Software Programs for Creating 3D Models for Crime Scene Reconstruction. March 8, 2014

Oklahoma Research Day, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma. Practical Evidence processing: Does Cyanoacrylate Fuming Hinder Firearms Analysis. March 8, 2014

American Academy of Forensic Sciences 66th Annual Scientific Meeting, Seattle, Washington, Digital Forensics and Service Learning: The Oklahoma Tornados Project, February 21, 2014 Winner of 2015 Digital and Multimedia Section “Best Case Study” Award.

Cybercrime Small Business Briefing Expert Panel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S. Small Business Administration, November 13, 2013.

Oklahoma Research Day, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma. Bluetooth and Spyware Hacking of Android Smart Phones: A Forensic Assessment Using FTK. Edmond, Ok. March 8, 2013.

American Academy of Forensic Sciences 65th Anniversary Meeting, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Washington D. C., Taking a Deeper Look Inside Microsoft’s Xbox 360: The Acquisition and Investigation. Washington D.C., February 18, 2013.

Oklahoma District Attorney’s Association, Annual Fall Conference, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. A Computer’s Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, November 14, 2012

Oklahoma Research Day, Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma, “Service Learning and Forensic Science: The Oklahoma Tornado Victim Project”, November 2011.

Oklahoma Research Day, Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma, “Investigating the XBOX 360 with Kinect: Implications for Digital Forensics”, November 2011.

Oklahoma Research Day, Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma, “An Innovative Model for Promoting Digital Forensics Career and Workforce Development”, with Cheng. November 2011.

Oklahoma Research Day, Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma, “Learning Strategies of Digital Forensics Examiners and Students Studying Digital Forensics in Oklahoma”, with Elliott, R.. November 2011.

International Association for Identification (IAI), Oklahoma Chapter, Tracing Crimes on the Internet, May 17, 2011, Edmond, Oklahoma.

International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists, Annual Training Event, Internet Forensic Examiner, May 2-14, 2011, Maitland, Florida.

Oklahoma Research Day, Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma, “Using Forensic Corpora for Digital Forensics Tool Validation and Verification”, with Rylant, R., November 2010.

Oklahoma Research Day, Cameron University, Lawton Oklahoma, “Current State of Validation and Testing of Digital Forensic Tools in the U.S.”, with Dorman, M., November 2010.

Oklahoma Research Day, Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma, “Cyberstalking on Social Networking Websites and Anxiety Levels of College Students”, with Nazar, E., November 2010.

Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association, Oklahoma City Chapter, Digital Forensics: A Primer. July 13, 2010, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

International Association for Identification (IAI), Oklahoma Chapter, Identifying and Tracing Crimes on the Internet, May 18, 2010.

Heartland eLearning Conference, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma. Mystified, Terrified, or Satisfied: Communication as Motivation in Online Classes. With Rahm-Barnett, S. & Bartgis, E. March 9, 2010.

American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Scientific Meeting, Seattle, Washington, Invited presentation for Young Forensic Scientists Forum: The Future of Digital Forensics, February 23, 2010

Experience

Fulbright Senior Specialist in Information Technology/Digital Forensics (2012 - 2017)

  • University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT, Australia

    Forensic Science Institute        University of Central Oklahoma             2008 – Present

  • Professor – Forensic Science Institute (2014 – Present)
  • Associate Professor – Forensic Science Institute (2008 – 2014)
  • Digital Evidence & Cyber Security Program Administrator
  • Director Undergraduate Program

School of Criminal Justice        University of Central Oklahoma    2005 -- Present

  • Professor – School of Criminal Justice (2014 – Present)
  • Associate Professor – School of Criminal Justice (2010 – 2014)
  • Assistant Professor (2005 – 2010)
  • Adjunct Faculty member from 1999 – 2005

Deputy Inspector            Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation                  2001--2005

  • Supervisor of OSBI Computer Crimes Unit
  • Supervisor of Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
  • Conducted, coordinated and supervised investigations of computer crimes and the forensic examination of digital evidence (Certified Forensic Computer Examiner)

Special Agent                Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation                        1985 -- 2001

  • Conducted and coordinated investigation of computer crimes and performed the forensic examination of digital evidence (Certified Forensic Computer Examiner)

Police Officer          Tulsa Police Department   Tulsa, Oklahoma              1984--1985

  • Performed the duties of a patrol officer; including the initial investigation of criminal offenses, report writing, traffic investigations, arrests, and court testimony.

Military Officer/ Captain                   United States Marine Corps               1980--1984

  • Commissioned officer; served as a platoon commander and battalion operations officer

Professional Education

  • Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst (2016)
  • Cellebrite Certified Logical Operator (2016)
  • Network Forensics – SANS Institute (2009)
  • Access Data Forensic Tool Kit Certification Course--  ACE Certified (2009)
  • Access Data Boot Camp – (2006)
  • Networks and Intrusion Investigation – FBI/Sytex (2005)
  • Cell Phone Forensics – Paraben (2004)
  • Advanced Data Recovery- Internet (NWCCC) (2003)
  • Intermediate EnCase Data Recovery and Reports (2002)
  • Advanced Data Recovery -Windows 9x (NWCCC) (2002)
  • Basic Data Recovery Course (NWCCC) (2000)
  • Investigation of On-Line Exploitation of Children (2000)
  • Computer Crime Investigation  (SEARCH) (1998)
  • Computer Forensics (IACIS) (1996)
  • Investigation of Child Sexual Abuse  (1994)
  • Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (1992)
  • Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (1991)
  • Advanced Reid Technique of Interview and Interrogation  (1990)
  • Southern Police Institute Homicide Investigation  (1989)
  • Reid Technique of Interview and Interrogation  (1988)
  • Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Academy  (1988)
  • Tulsa Police Academy (1984)

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