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Cyber justice, (ISC)2 shuffle and Nuix deal

Justice launching new cyber unit

The Justice Department is responding to the increasing complexity and volume of cybercrime by creating a dedicated unit inside the Criminal Division to prosecute cases of online theft, serve as in-house experts on U.S. surveillance statutes, and work with domestic and international investigators on global cybercriminal activities.

The Cybersecurity Unit, which will be housed inside the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, will also play a policy role.

"This new unit will strive to ensure that the advancing cybersecurity legislation is shaped to most effectively protect our nation's computer networks and individual victims from cyberattacks," said Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell, who announced the creation of the new unit in a Dec. 4 speech at Georgetown University Law Center.

(ISC)2 taps CIO-savvy executive director

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium will promote Chief Operating Officer David Shearer to executive director, effective Jan. 1, the organization announced Dec. 4.

Shearer served as associate CIO at the Agriculture Department's International Technology Services and deputy CIO at the Interior Department. He will replace Hord Tipton, who is retiring.

(ISC)2 is a 25-year-old, not-for-profit certification organization with more than 100,000 members worldwide.

Law enforcement agency to use Nuix analytics software

Data analytics firm Nuix will supply an unnamed federal law enforcement agency with digital forensics software, the firm announced Dec. 4. A Nuix spokesperson said the announcement left out the identity at the agency's request.

Law enforcement offices around the country will use the software, which extracts a broad swathe of data "for simultaneous review and collaboration by multiple investigators, in a single location or remotely," the firm stated in its announcement.

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