Training targets computer crimes
- By Matt Caterinicchia
- Jun 04, 2002
In an attempt to reduce criminal activity in the PC world, additional training
on investigating and prosecuting cyber criminals will be available this
fall to personnel in the offices of the attorneys general in each of the
The National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law (NCJRL) and the
National Association of Attorneys General have collaborated in preparing
for the upcoming training programs.
The training is necessary because some states have excellent programs
in fighting cybercrime while others do not, NCJRL Director Thomas Clancy
said. "There is also a definite need for coordination amongst the states
in order to keep everyone on the same page," he said.
According to Clancy, state agencies tend to be underfunded, so a $4.6
million grant was acquired to run the program for the next two years.
"Training is not only very expensive, but time-consuming as well," he
said. The training will consist of four sessions at the University of Mississippi's
Oxford campus. Initially, participants will focus on the basics of investigation
and criminal cases involving computers. The second step in the learning
process will include understanding of forensics cases and how to present
the information in a court of law. The final session will be a national
conference in the fall of 2003 discussing the progress of the program.
Criminal activity over the Internet and on computer systems has become
more sophisticated, making it extremely difficult to investigate crimes
and prosecute "hackers." The difficulty magnifies when computers and other
equipment are used to commit crimes across jurisdictional boundaries.
In recent years, criminal activity involving pornography and fraud,
for example, had migrated to the Internet, Clancy said. After the Sept.
11 terrorist attacks, the federal government has focused more on homeland
security, Clancy said. "Because of this, the states are in critical need
to enhance their abilities when dealing with computer crimes," he said.