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Daniel Larkin '82

Daniel Larkin '82

Daniel Larkin, who currently serves as the FBI’s unit chief in the cyber division, has set many precedents in his career. 

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from IUP in 1982 and entered the crime-fighting field through the installation of surveillance equipment and work as a private investigator. He designed his own manuals for a security system he installed in the Pittsburgh subway network and also customized his investigative equipment. 

In 1985, he impressed the FBI with his ten years of crime-fighting ingenuity and experience and became a special agent. He served ten years as a supervisory special agent at FBI Headquarters and the Pittsburgh Field office and developed one of the first high-tech crime task forces in the U.S. 

In 2002, he was appointed the unit chief of the Internet Crime Complaint Center and expanded its parameters to include intelligence and analytical contributions of experts from industry and academia. He helped develop the FBI’s initial cybercrime strategy and increased efforts to reduce criminal hacking and identity theft. He established the first public/private alliance between industry, academia, and law enforcement to address the ever-expanding cybercrime threat, including economic espionage, phishing, credit card fraud, identity theft, and international organized crime. 

Unit chief of the Cyber Initiative and Resource Fusion Unit since 2006, Mr. Larkin established the first cyber fusion unit for the federal government, which enabled a more efficient deployment of resources against new and evolving cybercrime schemes worldwide. 

Among his many contributions to cybersecurity, Larkin has coauthored the FBI’s national cybercrime strategy. He initiated and managed undercover operations that resulted in dismantling Internet-based, illegitimate disaster relief fundraisers and other schemes. He also developed the Internet Risk and Resource Assessment Project to better inform law enforcement and secondary educators about Internet child exploitation.

Larkin has been featured in several media outlets for his role in fighting cybercrime. He was featured in Business Week, USA Today, and the New York Times for developing progressive cybercrime initiatives in western Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S. He appeared on CNN and Voice of America to discuss joint initiatives to combat international cybercrime.

He is a member of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, High Tech Crime Investigators Association, American Society for Industrial Security, and Pittsburgh Technology Council.

A Pittsburgh native, Larkin resides in Seven Fields, Pa., with his wife, Nancy, and their children, Grace, Danielle, and Timothy.

He is a 2008 recipient of the IUP Distinguished Alumni Award.

Profile published on 6/30/08

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