In full transparency, the following is a media release from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office.
BOSTON — This week, Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell hosted the twelfth annual National Cyber Crime Conference, the largest conference of its kind and first under her administration. The conference is aimed at helping equip law enforcement and prosecutors with the tools and skills to effectively detect and combat cyber crime.
During her opening remarks to kick off the conference on Tuesday, AG Campbell spoke about the importance of how staying up-to-date on the tools and skills required to tackle cyber crime is critical if we are to protect our young people from an industry that continues to rapidly evolve and expand.
Approximately 1,200 law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and investigators have traveled from across the country to attend the three-day conference both virtually and in-person.
“The fact that law enforcement officials, prosecutors, investigators, and other forensic personnel come together for this conference each year demonstrates just how vital and helpful the techniques and lessons shared here are to our respective fields,” said AG Campbell. “I’m proud of the leadership and expertise in the office, and know that by learning the newest skills and trends in an ever-growing digital world, we are better able to protect the public from threats including cyber threats.”
Lam Nguyen, Director of the Cyber Forensics Laboratory at DC3; a DOD designated Center of Excellence and an accredited ISO: 17025 forensic laboratory, delivered the conference’s keynote address, and spoke about how digital forensics have evolved over the past twenty years and how law enforcement must adapt to an ever-changing environment. Recognized as an expert and leading figure in the field of Digital Forensics and E-Discovery, Nguyen has led large-scale international investigations in both criminal and civil cases, has testified as an expert witness on digital evidence numerous times and in multiple jurisdictions, and has previously served as an adjunct professor at both George Washington University and George Mason University.
The conference also featured notable speakers and presenters, and consisted of 205 sessions that included labs, lectures, presentations and certification programs. Attendees were trained on a wide range of topics including cryptocurrency tracing, geolocation evidence, conducting dark web investigations, the history of ghost guns, the importance of social media in today’s cases, and search and seizure in the digital world.
The conference was hosted by the AG’s Office in partnership with the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), the National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC), and SEARCH, the National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, and our technology partner, Zoom.
The conference’s sponsors and exhibitors were Cellebrite, Black Rainbow, Magnet Forensics, Medex Forensics, Oxygen Forensics, ScanWriter, Teel Technologies, Berla Corporation, VSPL, Amped Software, Atola Technlogy, Cobwebs Technologies, CrimeLines, DATAPILOT, Forensic Analytics, Grayshift, iCrimeFighter, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, MOS Equipment, MSAB, NICE Public Safety, PenLink, Peregrine Technologies, SUMURI LLC, the Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference, the University of New Haven, US DHHS-OIG Office of Investigations, and Waldorf University.
Attendees at this week’s event represented 46 states, as well as the United Kingdom, Canada, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Jordan, Estonia, Turks & Caicos, Norway, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Ukraine. Law enforcement, prosecutors, and investigators attended from federal, state, and local agencies across the country to attend training taught by 135 of the world’s top experts in cyber.
The AG’s Office has long made the prevention and prosecution of cyber crime a top priority and has a state-of-the-art Digital Evidence Lab in Boston, which has statewide capacity to deal with cyber crime and more efficiently process the digital evidence that is used in essentially every investigation in the AG’s Office. Since 2008, the AG’s Office has provided cyber training for more than 20,000 state and local law enforcement personnel from across the state and the nation.