Welcome to the Law Enforcement Cyber Center
The Law Enforcement Cyber Center (LECC) is designed to assist police chiefs, sheriffs, commanders, patrol officers, digital forensic investigators, detectives, and prosecutors who are investigating and preventing crimes that involve technology. The LECC also directs visitors to strategic partners who provide training, technical assistance, and access to critical information. Please take advantage of the resources made available through this website, share it with colleagues, and encourage others to contribute ideas and new content by clicking the Suggestion Box button below.
Another important feature of the LECC is the secure law enforcement sensitive information available through the FBI Cyber Shield Alliance (CSA). The CSA is a protected portal that provides an array of FBI cyber-security resources and intelligence for the law enforcement community, such as free online training, alerts and notifications. To access the secure CSA website, please see this page.
The Law Enforcement Cyber Center Celebrates National Cyber Security Awareness Month
This October, the LECC joins the Nation in celebrating National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a nationwide effort to educate and engage both public and private sector stakeholders and the American public on cybersecurity issues through a variety of communications and outreach activities held across the country.
The world is more interconnected today than ever before. We enjoy the benefits and convenience that cyberspace provides, including online shopping, mobile banking, and communicating with friends and family through social networks and email. However, we also face a range of threats—identity and intellectual property theft, network intrusions, and financial crimes—from these cyber networks.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month is an opportunity to provide Americans with the tools they need to stay safe online. The LECC believes strongly in this mission. As a partner in the Department of Homeland Security’s Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign, the LECC has shown its commitment to enhancing online safety for everyone.
Throughout National Cyber Security Awareness Month, we urge every American to help create a safer and more secure cyber environment by taking the following steps to keep themselves, their identities, and their information safe online:
• Set strong passwords, and don’t share them with anyone.
• Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized and secure by installing updates.
• Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety.
• Limit the amount of personal information you post online, and use privacy settings.
• Be cautious about what you receive or read online; if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
The LECC supports the Department of Homeland Security by proactively advancing cybersecurity awareness through outreach and information sharing. Since the President’s proclamation in 2004, National Cyber Security Awareness Month has been formally recognized by Congress, federal, state, and local governments, and leaders from industry and academia. This united effort is essential to creating a safer, more resilient cyberspace that remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come.
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Directory of Cybercrime Labs and Resources
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Protecting law enforcement from cyber threats
This document provides material designed to assist law enforcement in protecting themselves and their families from becoming cyber targets: protecting personal information, cyber dos and don’ts, and links to further cyber training and resources. Download and read the full article at https://www.it.ojp.gov/GIST/1191/Understanding-Digital-Footprints–Steps-to-Protect-Personal-Information
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This fun infographic shows many different kinds of electronic devices that may be found in a residential home. Click on the icons to reveal how the IoT devices generate and store data. Click here to begin exploring the digital home.
This information provides resources to those who prosecute cyber crimes, and includes both links to statutes and case law explicitly focusing on cyber crimes, as well as links to other legal resources related to cyber crime prosecution, such as digital search warrants, and litigation guides. Click here to view more.
In an effort to support and advance police/community interaction addressing cyber crime and victimization, the National White Collar Crime Center, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, and the U.S. Department of Justice, have developed training modules that identify the most common types of Internet and computer-related scams, and instructional tools to help people avoid being victimized by these scams. Click here to view the latest training module.
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While online threats are constantly evolving, many cyber criminals use variations of the same methods with cyber attacks. Specifics of these attacks may differ, but the nature of the attacks stay the same. Cyber criminals take advantage of a user’s lack of technical expertise and inherent trusting natures. By understanding these common threats and risks, … Continue reading Protecting Yourself from Cyber Threats
Use the tips below in a variety of NCSAM communications: Set strong passwords. Make them long and complex, change them regularly, and don’t share them with anyone. Secure your most sensitive accounts. When it is available, use multi-factor authentication to keep your accounts more secure. Keep a Clean Machine. Keep your operating system, browser, and … Continue reading Cybersecurity Tips to Share
Click here for the original article.By Sean D. Carberry Dec 08, 2016 Botnets, ransomware, child pornography and other cyber crimes continue to proliferate. And the Department of Justice says despite some progress, existing laws and tools aren’t up to the growing task. Speaking at a panel discussion at the Center for Strategic and International Studies … Continue reading Gridlock on cyber laws likely to persist
Click here for the original article.By Paula Reed Ward / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sheriff Todd Brackett’s first inclination last year when he learned part of his department’s computerized records management system had been taken over by ransomware was not to pay. “We’re policemen,” he said. “We don’t pay ransom.” But ultimately he — like Allegheny County … Continue reading Law enforcement agencies are dealing with malware and ransom demands