The Cyber Center is a collaborative project of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), RAND Corporation, and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), and is made possible by funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs.
The Cyber Center was developed to enhance the awareness, expand the education, and build the capacity of justice and public safety agencies to prevent, investigate, prosecute, and respond to cyber threats and cyber crimes. It is intended to be a national resource for law enforcement and related justice and public safety entities.
The Cyber Center addresses three principal functional areas:
- Cyber crime investigations
- Digital forensics
- Information systems security
Much of the information available on this site has been developed specifically for the Cyber Center, but there are also links to useful outside resources. This should not be considered an exhaustive list of information pertaining to cyber security, investigations, digital forensics, and legal considerations, but is intended to provide interested readers with links to further information.
Who is the Cyber Center for?
We anticipate that this website will be helpful to police chiefs and executives, patrol officers, digital forensic investigators, and detectives investigating crimes that involve electronic devices. Further, while large law enforcement agencies may already be well equipped to handle large volumes of sophisticated cyber crimes, most law enforcement agencies are less well equipped and we hope this website will be of particular value to them.
How does this relate to BJA’s work?
The IACP Cyber Center supports BJA’s efforts to improve outreach to law enforcement and public safety agencies with information about how to prevent, respond to, and investigate cyber threats and cyber crime. BJA collaborates with the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Committee (CICC), a working group of the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative, to help law enforcement agencies work with their respective communities to address cyber-related threats. This initiative includes partnerships with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, and other local, state, and national stakeholders to coordinate resources targeting cyber crime, cyber espionage, and other malicious cyber activities.