Individuals and organizations in every state are at risk from constantly-evolving forms of cybercrime. Yet most cybercrimes go without criminal investigation or response. State attorneys general can play a critical role in increasing and improving our shared response to cybercrime. Statewide reach, as well as the ability to coordinate with local and national agencies, place the offices of attorneys general in prime position to improve how these cases are investigated. State and local prosecutors handle the bulk of all criminal cases in our nation, and that responsibility can extend to cybercrime.
The civil authority of attorneys general is also a key tool for cybercrime investigations. Consumer protection laws regarding data breaches, cybersecurity, and privacy are focused increasingly on both safeguarding personal information adequately from theft, and confirming that residents and government agencies are properly notified after a data breach. Attorneys general in many states ensure compliance with these rules, a vital function.
In sum, assistant attorneys general can play an important part in the investigation of cybercrime from both a criminal and civil perspective, including through leadership, policy, training, and implementation.
This webinar is brought to you by two former cybercrime prosecutors who recently authored the book, “Cybercrime Investigations – A Comprehensive Resource for Everyone.” The presenters will introduce the foundational concepts of a cybercrime investigation and provide some innovative specific procedures that can improve individual cybercrime investigations. They will also present overarching concepts that will spark further thought and discussion about how state and local agencies can collaborate to try meet the goal of conducting a reasonable investigation into every reported cybercrime.
The following key topics will be covered:
- Understanding cybercrime, computers, forensics, and cybersecurity.
- Law for the cybercrime investigator.
- Cybercrime investigation from the perspectives of law enforcement and consumer protection.
- Financial investigation.
- Identification (attribution) of cyber-conduct.
- Litigation in the criminal and civil arenas.