Welcome to my Cybercrime Frontline blog, a first-hand report on the war against cybercrime. Here I’ll share how law enforcement and the security industry are working together to fight cybercrime. As Norton’s Lead Cybersecurity Advisor, I have the honor of working directly with law enforcement agencies and industry to combat cybercriminals. My role gives me a unique view into a complex world that combines sophisticated technology with old-fashioned thievery.
More than 10 years ago, I began working as a prosecutor and gained my first experience seeing justice brought to cybercriminals. The first cybercriminal I prosecuted spent most of the trial lying face down on the desk next to his attorney. Even though he stole thousands of dollars using stolen identities online, he was too embarrassed to face the evidence against him. It taught me that cybercriminals are not only thieves, but often cowards. They use technology to hide from their victims. It’s time to unmask these cybercriminals and expose them to the light of justice.
So, how do we reduce cybercrime? For many years, Norton and Symantec have been fighting the fight on the technology front and that’s a big part of the answer. We’ll keep fighting on that front. But what about the source—the cybercriminals—and the associated laws to address the crime?
In my role, which was created just 10 months ago, my focus is on training law enforcement agencies to be more effective in stopping and prosecuting cybercriminals, and also sharing best practices for consumer safety.
This blog will provide a unique window into the world of law enforcement as they work to catch cybercriminals. Each week, I’ll share perspective and cases, not just from the Norton and Symantec perspective, but also from leading agencies including the FBI and INTERPOL.
Law enforcement is constantly trying to adapt and stay one step ahead of the cybercriminals. This is a global chase across international borders. It requires skill, creativity and cooperation to bring the cyber gangs to justice. This blog will capture this story and provide new views on the global hunt for cybercriminals.
I have dedicated my entire professional career to improving cybersecurity and online safety. Through my work as a U.S. Navy JAG Prosecutor, I handled some of the first military cybercrime related prosecutions and have shared my expertise as an instructor of cybercrime prosecution courses for the U.S. Military, National District Attorney’s Association (NDAA), the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and The National Law Center for Children (NLC), I have also developed cybersecurity an online safety programs through my work with The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the .ORG Top Level Domain Registry.
The fight against cybercrime is one we can and must win. I hope you will join me in providing comments and feedback to this blog each week. Let’s work together to identify the best ways to stop cybercrime and then put those ideas into action!
Stay tuned for an update from my participation in the INTERPOL IT Crime Working Group meeting at INTERPOL headquarters in Lyon, France.