For Immediate Release - April 30, 2015

AG Healey’s Office Hosts 2015 National Cyber Crime Conference

Attended by More Than 600 Law Enforcement Officers, Prosecutors, and Investigators from Across the Nation

BOSTON —This week, Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office hosted the fourth annual National Cyber Crime Conference, the only multi-day conference of its kind aimed at training law enforcement in digital evidence. This year, more than 600 law enforcement officers, prosecutors and investigators attended the three-day conference.

“The digitized world that we live in presents both challenges and opportunities to law enforcement,” said AG Healey. “Virtually every crime committed these days has a digital component and the trainings provided at this conference help us keep pace with the criminals who exploit technology to commit crimes. We would like to express our gratitude to all of the speakers, presenters, partners and sponsors who have made this one-of-a-kind conference possible.”  

AG Healey delivered the opening remarks on Monday and stressed the importance of understanding and analyzing digital evidence to help combat cyber crime.

Howard A. Schmidt, who currently serves as a partner in the strategic advisory firm, the Ridge-Schmidt Cyber, delivered the keynote address. Schmidt most recently served as Special Assistant to the President and the Cybersecurity Coordinator for the United States. His former White House appointments include Cyber Advisor to Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

Other featured speakers included Majid Hassan, who specializes in presenting counterterrorism seminars for personnel in local and national law enforcement agencies. Serrin Turner, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, who spearheaded the investigation and prosecution that led to the conviction of the founder and operator of the Silk Road website, also spoke.

Brianna Wu, head of development at Giant Spacekat and a well-known public speaker on issues affecting women in technology, provided examples of harassment directed at her and other women in the industry and law enforcement’s response.

More than 600 law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and investigators from across the nation attended the conference, with 40 states, Canada, and Trinidad & Tobago being represented by attendees. Law enforcement, prosecutors, and investigators attended from, among many others, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Coast Guard, Massachusetts State Police, Boston Police Department, and district attorney’s offices and police departments across the country.  

The three-day conference consisted of multiple breakout sessions of labs, lectures, and certification programs in which attendees were trained on a wide range of topics pertaining to digital forensic analysis, including mobile device forensics, decryption, and the newest analytic software. Attendees learned how to identify and analyze evidence from basic mobile devices, iPhones and other Apple products, GPS devices, DVRs, gaming consoles and from the “Cloud.”

Other seminars addressed social networks, Islamic terrorism and technology, human trafficking and Backpage.com, and child pornography investigations. Seminars to improve the prosecution of cybercrimes were also provided, as was a panel on judicial perspectives on digital evidence. More than 90 speakers conducted the various sessions. 

The conference was hosted by the AG’s Office in partnership with the National Attorneys General Training & Research Institute, Microsoft, the National White Collar Crime Center, and SEARCH. The following exhibitors also participated in the conference: MSAB Corporation, Paraben Corporation, Teel Technologies, SRT Wireless, Cellebrite, DME Forensics, Pen-Link, Nuix, Magnet Forensics, ARC Group of New York, Silicon Forensics, HTCI EDAS FOX, Sumuri, SysTools Software, Guidance Software, Navigant and University College Dublin.

The AG’s Office has long made the prevention and prosecution of cyber crime a priority. The Office has a state-of-the-art Digital Evidence Lab in Boston, which has statewide capacity to deal with cyber crime and more efficiently process digital evidence that is present in virtually every investigation. The AG’s Office has provided cyber training for more than 15,000 state and local law enforcement personnel from across the Commonwealth and the nation. 

A list of participating agencies and police departments include:

 

12th Judicial District - Arkansas

Abington Police Department

Acton Police Department

Alaska Department of Law

Amherst Police Department

Anoka County Sheriff's Office

AR AGO - Special Investigations Division

Arkansas Attorney General's Office

Arlington Commonwealth's Attorney's Office

Arlington Police Department

Ashland Police Department

Athol Police Department

Attleboro Police Department

AZ AGO - Criminal Division

Babson College Police Department

Barnstable County Sheriff

Bergen Co. Prosecutor's Office

Boston College Police Department

Boston Police - USSS NEECTF

Boston Police Department

Boston Police Department HTU

Boston Regional Intelligence Center

Bourne Police Department

Braintree Police Department

Brewster Police Department

Bridgeport Police Department

Bridgewater Police Department

Bristol County District Attorney's Office

Brookline Police Department

Bureau of Investigations, OCC, DEP

Cambridge Police Department

Camden County Prosecutor's Office

Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office

Cedar Rapids Police Department

Chelsea Police Department

Chicago Police Department

Coast Guard Investigative Service

Concord Police Department

Cook County State's Attorney's Office

Cranston Police Department

Danvers Police Department

DEA

Dedham Police Department

DOD Criminal Investigative Service

Delaware Attorney General's Office

Dennis Police Department

Department of Defense

Department of Defense FFRDC/ Security Services Department

Digital Forensics Unit

District Court - Newark, NJ

Dracut Police Department

Duxbury Police Department

Eagan Police Department

East Bridgewater Police Department

England Police Department

Erving Police Department

Essex County District Attorney's Office

Essex County Prosecutor's Office

Falmouth Police Department

FBI

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Fort Lauderdale Police Department

Foxborough Police Department

Gardner Police Department

Georgia Attorney General's Office

Hampden County District Attorney's Office

Hanson Police Department

Harvard University Police Department

Harwich Police Department

Hawaii Department of the Attorney General

Hillsborough County Attorney's Office

Hinsdale Police Department

Holliston Police Department

Homeland Security Investigations

Hopkinton Police Department

Indiana State Police - Criminal Investigation

Ipswich Police Department

Lafayette Parish Sherriff's Office

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

MA Environmental Police - AGO

MA State Police

Maine Attorney General's Office

Maine State Police

Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit

Malden Police Department

Manchester Police Department

Mansfield Police Department

Marlborough Police Department

Maryland Attorney General's Office

Mass. Digital Evidence Consortium

Massachusetts Attorney General's Office

Massachusetts State Police

Massachusetts State Police - AGO

Maynard Police Department

Medford Police Department

Medway  Police Department

Merrimack County Attorney's Office

Middlesex District Attorney's Office

Middlesex Sheriff's Office

Midlothian Police Department

Missouri Attorney General's Office

Montreal Police Department

Nahant Police Department

Nashua Police Department

Natick Police Department

National Computer Forensics Institute

NCMEC - Child Victim Identification Program

NCMEC - Exploited Children's Division

Nebraska Attorney General's Office

Needham Police Department

New England State Police Information Network - IT

New Hampshire Attorney General's Office

New Hampshire State Police

New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice

New Jersey State Police

New Mexico Attorney General's Office

New York AGO

New York City Police Department

New York State Police

NH Attorney General's Office

NJ Office of the Attorney General

NJ Office of the Attorney General - Law Division

Norfolk County District Attorney's Office

Norfolk Police Department

North Adams Police Department

North Attleboro Police Department

North Carolina Secretary of State

North Reading Police Department

Northampton Police Department

Northborough Police Department

Northwestern District Attorney's Office

Norwood Police Department

NYC Sheriff's Office - Bureau of Criminal Investigation

NYS Department of Law

Office of Special Narcotics Prosecutor - New York City

Office of the District Attorney Tenth Judicial District

Office of the Grafton County Attorney

Peabody Police Department

Pepperell Police Department

Plymouth County Sheriff's Department

Providence Police Department

Quincy Police Department

Randolph Police Department

Revere Police Department

Rhode Island State Police

RI ICAC

Salt Lake City Justice - Main Division

Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office

San Diego ICAC

SC AGO - Internet Crimes Against Children

Seattle Police Department

Seekonk Police Department

Sixth Judicial Circuit

Somerville Police Department

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division

South Dakota Attorney General's Office

Springfield Police Department

St. Louis County Police

State Police Detective Unit - Hampshire/Franklin

Stow Police Department

Strategic Services Agency - Ministry of National Security

Suffolk County DA -  District Court & Community Prosecutor

Suffolk County DA - BMC Central Division

Suffolk County DA - Child Protection Unit

Suffolk County DA - Juvenile Unit

Suffolk County DA - Major Felony Unit

Suffolk County DA - Special Prosecutions

Suffolk County District Attorney's Office

Surete du Quebec, Cybercrime Unit

Tampa International Airport Police

Taunton Police Department

Templeton Police Department

Texas Attorney General's Office

Truro Police Department

U.S. Pretrial Services

United States Navy

United States Probation Department

US Department of Education OIG

US Dept. of Homeland Security USCG

Utah State Bureau of Investigation

Uxbridge Police Department

Vancouver Police Department

Vermont Attorney General's Office

Virginia State Police

Walpole Police Department

Waltham Police Department

Washington State Patrol

Waterbury Police Department

Wellesley Police Department

West Newbury Police Department

Westbrook Police Department

Weymouth Police Department

Wilmington Police Department

Wisconsin Department of Justice

Woburn Police Department

Worcester Police Department

Wrentham Police Department


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