Businesses, government organizations, and private citizens are all susceptible to attack by cybercriminals. Cybersecurity is constantly changing as new technology is developed by men and women seeking to protect private information and by the ones seeking to take it for themselves.
However, for many, the concept of cyber crime is still confusing. Not everyone understands what their rights are when it comes to cyber crime or what ways they can help law enforcement to apprehend cybercriminals.
In response, a national symposium was held in northern West Virginia to help educate members of the business, education, and banking communities on what to do if they become victims of cyber attacks. The symposium was led by U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia William J. Ihlenfeld II. He was also joined by experts from the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service, and they all gave presentations during the event on how to better provide for cybersecurity.
Michelle Pirtie, a special agent with the FBI, gave a presentation focused around developing policies for cybersecurity breaches. She found that different arms of the same company would meet with her in the aftermath of a breach and that there unpreparedness ended up creating more administrative problems on top of their cybersecurity issues.
Pirtie also cited circumstances where criminal proceedings became difficult because the criminals were acting from outside the U.S. Criminals preying on U.S. citizens from outside its borders are difficult to prosecute and stop. Pirtie said that a national program is being developed to work with law enforcement agencies and afflicted companies to help them in cases involving international cybercriminals.
Since 2001, more than $1 billion has been lost by companies as a result of cybercrime. Improving security measures and action plans is of the utmost importance for agencies of all kinds if they intend to stay safe and competitive in the digital age.