Department of Justice Announces Its New Cybersecurity Unit

Yesterday, while delivering her remarks at the CyberCrime 2020 symposium at Georgetown University Law School, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell announced the Department of Justice’s creation of the new Cybersecurity Unit within Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. She said “[t]he Cybersecurity Unit will have responsibility on behalf of the Criminal Division for a variety of efforts we are undertaking to enhance public and private cyber security efforts.” She explained:

Given the growing complexity and volume of cyber attacks, as well as the intricate rubric of laws and investigatory tools needed to thwart the attacks, the Cybersecurity Unit will play an important role in this field. Prosecutors from the Cybersecurity Unit will provide a central hub for expert advice and legal guidance regarding the criminal electronic surveillance statutes for both U.S. and international law enforcement conducting complex cyber investigations to ensure that the powerful law enforcement tools are effectively used to bring the perpetrators to justice while also protecting the privacy of every day Americans. The Cybersecurity Unit will work hand-in-hand with law enforcement and will also work with private sector partners and Congress. This new unit will strive to ensure that the advancing cyber security legislation is shaped to most effectively protect our nation’s computer networks and individual victims from cyber attacks.

This new Cybersecurity Unit will add to CCIPS’s already robust capability to investigate and prosecute crimes committed via the Internet. The CCIPS was established in 1996. It “is responsible for implementing the Department’s national strategies in combating computer and intellectual property crimes worldwide. CCIPS prevents, investigates, and prosecutes computer crimes by working with other government agencies, the private sector, academic institutions, and foreign counterparts.” See CCIPS About Us Page. Since 1996, the CCIPS has prosecuted many high-profile cybercrime cases.

Similar to plaintiffs’ lawyers who sue tortfeasors that unlawfully invade individual victims’ privacy rights, the CCIPS represents the United States in criminal lawsuits brought against people who allegedly violate federal laws prohibiting cybercrimes. Leveraging nearly two decades of experience, the CCIPS has published several manuals that criminal prosecutors and civil litigators who focus their practices on cybercrime or invasion of privacy lawsuits may read and reference. Attorneys may download the following educational publications directly from the CCIPS website:

Prosecuting Computer Crimes Manual

Searching and Seizing Computers and Obtaining Electronic Evidence in Criminal Investigations Manual

Prosecuting Intellectual Property Crimes Manual

Reporting Intellectual Property Crime

By Ed Hopkins, HopkinsWay PLLC. | © HopkinsWay PLLC 2014. All rights reserved.

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