Cybercrime Summit

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CYBER

CRIME

2001

Stolen identities, computer viruses, child online safety, cyberstalking and harassment, network intrusion and denial of service attacks. There's a new breed of criminal emerging and threatening to overwhelm law enforcement officials. These are some of the most evasive criminals ever known, operating in an area- the Web- that is moving so far forward so fast that law enforcement agencies and judicial systems are having difficulties keeping pace. While the information superhighway has advanced nearly every aspect of society by improving health and education, fostering commerce, and facilitating communications, the world of cybercrime has simultaneously introduced confounding challenges.

The Internet is the fastest growing area of society but, unfortunately, the attributes that have contributed to this technology's expansion (ease of use, anonymity and low cost) make the Web an extremely attractive medium for criminals for precisely the same reasons. The statistics indicate that cybercrime is expanding almost proportionately with the enrichments and advancements being made by the Net's existence; the FBI has seen it's cybercrime caseload increase 1200% over the past five years and estimates that computer losses equate to ten billion dollars annually.

IBM Global Services was able to break into 90% of online stores to access credit card data during authorized tests. The 2000 CSI/FBI Computer Crime and Security Survey reported 90% of respondents detected security breaches in their systems within the last 12 months and that 74% acknowledged financial losses due to the attacks. Finally, the New York City Police Department's Computer Investigations and Technology Unit estimates that 40% of its caseload involved harassment and electronic threats, almost all since 1996.

In response to the astonishing increase in computer crimes, a CyberCrime 2001 national conference and exhibition was hosted by Internet Crimes, Inc. (a company that is setting the standard for combatting computer crime) and PowerPhone (a leader in crisis communication training). Deloitte & Touche and PriceWaterhouse Coopers, two of the nation's top six largest consulting firms, sponsored the conference.

This symposium was dedicated to providing corporate security professionals, school officials, prosecutors and law enforcement agencies with high intensity training and a networking environment with the resources and information needed to combat the rapidly emerging world of Internet crime. The summit was held at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in southeastern Connecticut over a three day period in January and included over 400 attendees, exhibitors and a team of top national experts speaking on a myriad of subjects. Chris Salafia, the president of Internet Crimes, Inc., said, "Cyber Crime is one of the greatest threats to the growth of our economy, security of our networks, and even the safety of our nation's most valuable asset, our children."

Internet Crimes was started a year ago. The company came into existence via PowerPhone, Inc., which trains and certifies dispatchers globally in emergency communications. Dealing with law enforcement personnel and being sort of a technical zealot himself, Internet Crimes' president, Chris Salafia, took notice of the exponential growth of crimes committed on the Internet.

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Salafia initiated a few seminars before the concept and the business "began to snowball and more resources needed to be dedicated." A year later, the company is setting the standard for combatting computer crime. The company is "determined to assist law enforcement agencies, schools and corporations to create a secure Internet environment for education, communication, and business." The staff is comprised of nationally recognized computer crime experts with experience in virtually all aspects of cyber crime investigations.

Top experts from the FBI, U. …