What other cyber crime communities, working groups, or resources should law enforcement consider joining?
The Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online. The Campaign’s main objective is to help all Americans become more aware of growing cyber threats and arm them with the tools to protect themselves, their families, and the community. For more information see Stop.Think.Connect.
Primary fusion centers serve as the focal points within the state and local environment for the receipt, analysis, gathering, and sharing of threat-related information and have additional responsibilities related to the coordination of critical operational capabilities across the statewide fusion process with other recognized fusion centers. Furthermore, primary centers are the highest priority for the allocation of available federal resources, including the deployment of personnel and connectivity with federal data systems. For more information see DHS Fusion Centers.
The FBI has 56 field offices (also called divisions) centrally located in major metropolitan areas across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. They are the places where we carry out investigations, assess local and regional crime threats, and work closely with partners on cases and operations. Each field office is overseen by a special agent in charge, except our offices in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C., which are headed by an assistant director in charge due to their large size. For more information see FBI Field Offices.
HTCIA is a non-profit organization focused on providing education and collaboration for the purpose of preventing and investigating high tech crimes. Members enjoy access to training, certification, an active listserv and forensic research. For more information see High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA).
InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and the private sector. It is an association of persons who represent businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the U.S. For more information see InfraGard.
IACIS is a non-profit membership-based organization whose mission is to provide forensic computer training, accredited certification (CFCE), as well as to facilitate a network of computer forensic professionals. For more information see International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS).
The International Association of Crime Analysts was formed in 1990 to help crime analysts around the world improve their skills and make valuable contacts, to help law enforcement agencies make the best use of crime analysis, and to advocate for standards of performance and technique within the profession itself. We accomplish these goals through training, networking, and publications. For more information see International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA).
The ICAC Task Force was created to help Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies enhance their investigative responses to offenders who use the Internet, online communication systems, or computer technology to sexually exploit children. For more information see Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC).
The MS-ISAC is the focal point for cyber threat prevention, protection, response and recovery for the nation’s state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments. The MS-ISAC 24×7 cyber security operations center provides real-time network monitoring, early cyber threat warnings and advisories, vulnerability identification and mitigation and incident response. For more information see Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC).
NW3C provides a nationwide support system for law enforcement and regulatory agencies involved in the prevention, investigation and prosecution of economic and high-tech crime. Training options include instruction in all areas of economic and cyber crime investigation and prosecution. Classes are taught at regional training facilities.
Crypto Locker is a (September 2013) malicious virus that encrypts user files and demands ransom for access to those files. This article serves as background information and provides instruction on how to protect your computer systems against this threat and recover from a ransomware infection. Read more at: Dealing with Crypto Ransomware Affecting Criminal Justice Agencies
An RCFL is a one-stop, full service forensics laboratory and training center devoted entirely to the examination of digital evidence in support of criminal investigations such as: Terrorism, Child Pornography, Crimes of Violence, Trade secret theft, Theft or destruction to intellectual property, Financial crime, Property crime, Internet crimes, fraud. For more information see Regional Computer Forensics Laboratories (RCFLs).
The Cyber Action Team (CAT) was established by the FBI’s Cyber Division in 2006 in order to provide rapid incident response on major computer intrusions and cyber-related emergencies. The CAT is composed of cyber experts who are capable of being almost anywhere in the world within 48 hours, providing investigative support and answering critical questions that are essential in moving the case forward. Since the inception of the CAT, the FBI has investigated hundreds of cyber crimes within the U.S. and interests abroad. For more information see www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2015/march/the-cyber-action-team