SEARCH Participates in Cyber and Electronic Crime Policy Forum

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SEARCH staff joins other justice and public safety presenters at the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices' Executive Policy Forum on Cyber and Electronic Crime in Arlington, Virginia on September 8 and 9, 2008.

SEARCH Deputy Executive Director Kelly J. Harris and High-Tech Crime Training Services Director Richard Harris will be part of a panel presenting information on social websites, integrated technologies, email and the tools and training necessary to protect younger users online.

"The National Institute of Justice and the National Governors Association are offering this event to educate senior policy staff of the Governors' offices about the scope of the cyber crime problem and particularly the dangers it poses to this country's youth," said Ms. Harris. "SEARCH is pleased to participate and present its findings, best practices and training capabilities for effective high-tech crime investigation our organization has developed over its 20-year history of providing leadership in this field."

Other sessions include discussion of ways the Internet is being used to exploit children, and an overview of the technical challenges faced by law enforcement; strategies to protect, investigate and prosecute child exploitation; the scope and pattern of Identity Theft crimes and tools, and tactics to combat it.

Other sessions focus on the challenges of protecting privacy and civil liberties related to the investigation and prosecution of cyber crimes, strategies for victims of cyber crime to access services, supports, and resources; methods for teaching online safety to children, teens, and parents; threats faced by states' computer and information systems and improving cyber practices. New Hampshire's efforts in reducing its cyber crime backlog will also be discussed during the two-day event.

The forum was provided with support from the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice.