Norton Launches Cybersecurity Institute

Norton Cybersecurity Institute is a collaboration among law enforcement, consumer safety groups, and Norton

May 4, 2011

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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 4, 2011 – A safer Internet for everyone. That is what’s on the table today at a panel discussion marking the launch of the Norton Cybersecurity Institute, a collaboration between law enforcement, consumer safety groups and security leader Norton. The Norton Cybersecurity Institute is a global initiative to support and win the fight against cybercrime by providing law enforcement with training, technical expertise, and improved global cooperation.

Today’s panel discussion will feature Norton Cybersecurity Institute partners that form the backbone of the fight against cybercrime. On the discussion agenda are the biggest challenges facing law enforcement, emerging threats such as mobile and other technologies, and how international law enforcement can keep up with an ever-developing criminal environment. Panelists at the event include:

  • Ron Plesco – President & CEO of the National Cyber Forensic & Training Alliance (NCFTA)

    • Dan Swartwood – Vice President for Corporate at the Society for the Policing of Cyberspace (POLCYB)

    • Greg Donewar – Manager of the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)

    • Thomas Clancy – Director of the National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law (NCJRL)

    • Adam Palmer – Norton Lead Cybersecurity Advisor

      As Lead Cybersecurity Advisor at Norton, Adam Palmer plays a leading role in the Norton Cybersecurity Institute. A former U.S. Navy JAG prosecutor, Palmer also served as an instructor in cybercrime prosecution courses for the National District Attorney’s Association (NDAA), the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), and the National Law Center for Children (NLC). Palmer taught the first Internet Crimes Against Children course at law school level through the University of Mississippi Law School.

      “Cybercrime is a global epidemic that can’t be solved by one company or law enforcement agency alone; keeping the Internet safe is a shared responsibility,” said Adam Palmer, Norton lead cybersecurity advisor. “Through training and global collaboration, the Norton Cybersecurity Institute will help law enforcement in their efforts to catch and prosecute cybercriminals successfully.”

      “There is a real lack of cybercrime education for judges, law enforcement and prosecutorial staff in the U.S,” added Thomas Clancy, director of the National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law. “Prosecutors, investigators and judges are on the front lines every day. They need access to the very latest information, effective knowledge sharing and international best practices to do their jobs and keep the Internet safe for everyone. The National Center of Justice and the Rule of Law is proud to be part of this leading cross-industry initiative to fight cybercrime.”

      Starting in 2011, the Norton Cybersecurity Institute plans to begin rolling out a number of programs and resources to assist law enforcement in the fight against cybercrime and to support consumers who have been victims of cybercriminals, including:

    • Cybercrime Course and Prosecutor Forum: A two day, bi-annual course for U.S. state Attorneys General pursuing cybercrime cases, hosted by the National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law (NCRLJ) at the University of Mississippi Law School. The Norton Cybersecurity Institute will also host a forum for the attendees to share ideas and network with colleagues.

    • Joint Conferences and Initiatives with the National Cyber Forensics & Training Alliance: The Norton Cybersecurity Institute will sponsor a threat awareness initiative, multiple cybercrime investigation conferences for law enforcement in the U.S, and internships at the NCFTA for global law enforcement personnel to attend training sessions.

    • Global Sponsorships: The Norton Cybersecurity Institute supports law enforcement meetings and training conferences across the globe. In 2011, it will also host international law enforcement on-site with the NCFTA.

    • Norton Victim Assistance Program: Partnering with the National White Collar Crime Consortium to develop an online assistance program that helps cybercrime victims better understand the investigation process and prevent future attacks.

    • POLCYB partnership for International Cybercrime Investigator Education: The Norton Cybersecurity Institute will sponsor Canadian non-profit POLCYB’s international anti-cybercrime law enforcement training programs for investigators.

    • Cybercrime Moot Court Program: Sponsored by the Norton Cybersecurity Institute, the UCLA School of Law and POLCYB will produce a first of its kind event for law students to train the “next generation” of cybercrime prosecutors.

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