Cybersecurity will Remain a Challenge for Law Enforcement and Judiciary

December 4, 2014 | By Editor 


Encryption does carry the same meaning everywhere, but it is how it is interpreted that matters the most. Google’s plan to rank HTTPS-encrypted sites higher in its search page results created an uproar among online retailers, with some not happy with the decision.

Likewise, users worldwide were happy with Apple and Google’s decision to default encrypt their respective newly launched operating systems, law enforcement and judiciary seem frustrated.

Cybersecurity Challenge

Cybersecurity will Remain a Challenge

Cybersecurity remains on the biggest challenges, according to Attorney General Eric Holder. And if tech giants continue to default encrypt all their products and services, online security will not only be a huge challenge, but the biggest risk as well.

  • In recent times, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has requested millions of dollars to be invested to specifically handle cyber investigations.
  • The department has laid ambitious plans to combat the increase in cyber threats. But it is less clear how effective it has been at coordinating those plans across the government and DOJ as a whole. The upsurge in cybersecurity events have created pressing challenges for DOJ and law enforcement to coordinate its cyber resources toward combating cyberthreats.
  • A number of offices within DOJ, including FBI Cyber Division, cyber unit of National Security Division, and section of Criminal Division on computer crimes have been tasked to combat cyber challenges.
  • On the whole, the DOJ had requested a total cyberseurity budget of $720 million in 2014’s annual budget, an increase of 7.5 million compared to 2013. The budget includes funding the security of DOJ’s own computers and to investigate cybercrimes across the globe.
  • Over the last couple of years, DOJ had sought around $100 million in additional funding and 150 additional staffers for the FBI’s initiative called Next Generation Cyber. This two-year program was started to specifically tackle cyber intrusions. Coordinating information sharing related to cybercrimes also poses a challenge.
  • In February 2013, President Obama issued an order that promoted information sharing between the government and operators of private sector (power grids, financial institutions). The order also mandated FBI to share cyberthreat information with private firms.
  • Other agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Secret Service also offer information-sharing programs to private companies. The DHS cyberthreat-sharing service allows firms to sign up in order to have threat information auto delivered to their anti-virus system. Till date, firms across 16 important industries have signed onto the DHS service.
  • The DOJ will coordinate with other federal agencies to stop cybercrime, concluded Holder.

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