It’s time to take action, safeguard devices and protect identities

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Fighting the growing issue of cybercrime requires a high level of collaboration among law enforcement, government agencies, the private sector and the general public. If you suspect that you have become a victim, NCSA recommends contacting law enforcement. The following lists different organizations that specialize in combating online crime:

  • DHS Resources:
    • Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations Cyber Crimes Center (C3): C3 provides technical services and training to help federal, state and local law enforcement agencies across the country and international partners in their cyber and technical investigations.
    • U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force (ECTF): The ECTF works to identify and locate international cybercriminals and leverages partnerships with academia and the private sector to prevent, detect and investigate electronic crimes, including potential terrorist attacks against critical infrastructure and financial payment systems.
  • NCSA ID Theft, Fraud & Victims of Cybercrime Tips: If you’re a victim of cybercrime, you need to know what to do and respond quickly. NCSA provides tips for reporting and preventing several types of cybercrime.
  • Council of Better Business Bureaus (BBB) Scam Tracker: Spot a business or offer that sounds like an illegal scheme or fraud? Tell the BBB about it to help them investigate and warn others by reporting what you know.
  • FTC Complaint Assistant: Complaints from consumers help the Federal Trade Commission detect patterns of fraud and abuse. Report complaints related to identity theft, scams, unwanted telemarketing or spam, phones, internet services, education, jobs, credit and debt and more.
  • FBI IC3: The IC3, a partnership between the FBI, the National White Collar Crime Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, accepts online crime complaints from victims and/or third parties.
  • ITRC: The ITRC is a nonprofit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cybersecurity, scams/fraud and privacy issues.
  • Logical Operations Resources:
    • CyberSAFE Readiness Test: End-users play a critical role in protecting their organization’s data, but they are often the weakest link in the security chain due to lack of awareness of potential threats. The CyberSAFE Readiness Test is a complimentary tool that can be used to measure the extent to which employees can recognize and avoid common cyber threats like phishing, malware, and non-secure websites.
    • Complimentary NCSAM Kits: Help keep cybersecurity awareness front and center in your organization with a complimentary NCSAM kit. The kits, created by Logical Operations, include cybersecurity PSAs to hang up at your office, tent cards to place in breakrooms, web cam privacy covers and emails you can send to your employees.
  • Morrison & Foerster Op-Ed – Stop victim shaming in cyber attacks: Miriam Wugmeister, global co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Privacy + Data Security practice, published an op-ed in The Hill regarding the dangers of victim shaming and the need for increased cooperation between law enforcement, regulators, and the private sector following a cyber attack.  In her piece, Ms. Wugmeister notes that, “in the aftermath of a data security breach – unlike physical assaults or property crimes – a company is likely to be treated as a suspect, not a victim.”  With attackers growing ever more sophisticated, our only hope of stemming the tide is increased collaboration, not finger pointing and passing blame.
  • The No More Ransom Project: aims to provide helpful online resources for victims of ransomware. Users can find information on what ransomware is, how it works and how to protect themselves. The portal provides users with tools that may help recover data that has been locked by cybercriminals.

    Cyber attacks are committed by criminals around the world

  • About National Cyber Security Awareness Month
    National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online. Now in its 13th year, NCSAM is co-founded and co-led by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, the nation’s leading nonprofit public-private partnership promoting the safe and secure use of the Internet and digital privacy. Recognized annually in October, NCSAM involves the participation of a multitude of industry leaders ‒ mobilizing individuals, small and medium-sized businesses, nonprofits, academia, multinational corporations and governments. Encouraging digital citizens around the globe to STOP.THINK. CONNECT., NCSAM is harnessing the collective impact of its programs and resources to increase awareness about today’s ever-evolving cybersecurity landscape.About the National Cyber Security Alliance
    The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is the nation’s leading nonprofit, public-private partnership promoting cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness. NCSA works with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and NCSA’s Board of Directors, which includes representatives from ADP; AT&T Services, Inc.; Bank of America; Barclays; BlackBerry Corporation; Cisco; Comcast Corporation; ESET North America; Facebook; Google; Intel Corporation; Logical Operations; Microsoft Corp.; NXP Semiconductors; PayPal; PKWARE; Raytheon; RSA, the Security Division of EMC; Salesforce; SANS Institute; Symantec and Visa Inc. NCSA’s core efforts include National Cyber Security Awareness Month (October), Data Privacy Day (January 28) and STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™, the global online safety awareness and education campaign cofounded by NCSA and the Anti Phishing Working Group, with federal government leadership from DHS. For more information on NCSA, please visit STOP. THINK. CONNECT.
    STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ is the global cybersecurity education and awareness campaign. The campaign was created by an unprecedented coalition of private companies, nonprofits and government organizations with leadership provided by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG). The U.S. Department of Homeland Security leads the federal engagement in the campaign. Learn how to get involved at  – USNewswire
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