In the 21st century, technology is ingrained into the fabric and function of our society. But the larger the role technology plays in our lives, the more opportunities unscrupulous individuals, criminal organizations and those acting in bad faith have to commit cyber-related crimes.
Given this threat, our law enforcement professionals are faced with the challenge of investigating crimes in a space where technology is constantly changing. Consequently, the knowledge of how to best combat cybercrime can become quickly perishable.
The Department of Homeland Security is committed to making the fight against cybercrime a priority. The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center hosted its Inaugural Cybercrime Conference last week. The conference brought together more than 150 cybercrime subject matter experts from academia, private industry, and the federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement communities to exchange ideas and best practices at FLETC’s headquarters in Glynco, Georgia.
Through more than 50 training sessions covering a wide variety of topics, from electronic surveillance to geolocating, FLETC personnel sharpened their knowledge of cutting edge technologies with the help of these experts. Now, we’ll take this information to bolster our curriculum and training methods, ensuring that we can provide law enforcement with the right tools and information to fight crime on the sophisticated, rapidly evolving front lines of cyber security.
The FLETC is committed to providing our students with the best and most current training possible. Our team of professionals accomplishes this mission by engaging in research, collaboration and networking with leaders who have expertise in a wide spectrum of investigative and technological fields.
The Cybercrime Conference is the latest example of how the FLETC strives to set the gold standard in law enforcement training to best equip the thousands of men and women who do the difficult work of protecting our homeland from threats in their communities and in cyberspace each and every day.