For Immediate Release - September 22, 2009

Attorney General Martha Coakley Delivers Welcoming Remarks at High Technology Crime Meeting

BOSTON - Today, Attorney General Martha Coakley delivered the welcoming remarks at the New England Chapter Meeting of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA). The meeting was hosted by the Attorney General's Office in Boston. Attorney General Coakley spoke about the importance of cyber crime investigation, digital forensics, and cyber security.

"In the 21 st century, we see a digital component in almost every criminal case, whether it is the use of a cell phone, a computer or a GPS device. At the same time, cyber security and the ability to safeguard personal or other confidential information stored on computer or online is of critical importance," said Attorney General Martha Coakley. "The network of professionals organized by HTCIA is tremendously useful as a means to share best practices and to facilitate public-private partnerships."

The High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) encourages the education, training and networking of professionals in the field of high tech investigations and is the largest non-profit international organization of its kind. The New England chapter was founded in 1994, and since then has facilitated regular meetings of local investigators to communicate, share information and train others in the field. Staff in Attorney General Coakley's Cyber Crime Division are members of the association.

In her welcoming remarks, Attorney General Coakley highlighted the progress that has been made in investigating cyber crimes since the introduction of the "Massachusetts Strategic Plan for Cyber Crime" in the fall of 2007. This initiative, along with the networking and training by the HTCIA, has led to success in many investigations and prosecutions involving advanced technology.

Since taking office in January 2007, Attorney General Coakley has made prevention and prosecution of cyber crime a priority of her administration, beginning by establishing a Cyber Crime Division within the office's Criminal Bureau. In late 2007, Attorney General Coakley introduced the "Massachusetts Strategic Plan for Cyber Crime," designed to help the Commonwealth develop a statewide capacity to prevent, investigate, and prosecute crimes with a cyber component. The Attorney General's Office holds quarterly meetings to train and educate law enforcement officials on the latest computer forensic investigative techniques and has currently trained over 1,000 local law enforcement officers and cyber crime experts from across the nation. On September 15, 2009, Attorney General Coakley announced the opening of the new state-of-the-art Computer Forensics Lab in Boston, which is part of the Cyber Crime Initiative and is designed to develop a statewide capacity to deal with cyber crime and more efficiently process digital evidence that is present in virtually every investigation.

The New England Chapter Meeting of HTCIA was held this morning, on the 21 st Floor of One Ashburton Place, in Boston, from 8:45 AM to 4:30 PM. One hundred HTCIA New England Chapter members attended today's event, including Attorney General Coakley's entire Cyber Crime Division staff.