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National Cyber Forensics And Training Alliance

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Causes: Computer Science, Technology

Mission: Cyber crime today is becoming increasingly complex and international in nature. A domestic cyber breach can quickly change into a convoluted, on- line id theft or global money laundering matter. To effectively address such crimes, organizations must quickly identify and leverage the most complete intelligence, and be capable of following that trail wherever it leads. Since 1997, the ncfta - a not-for-profit corporation, evolved from one of the nation's first high tech task forces, and has established an expansive alliance between subject matter experts (smes) in the public and private sectors with the goal of addressing complex and often internationally spawned cyber crimes. These smes from industry, academia, and government, each bring specific talents and experiences to the partnership. Through a steady cycling of such cross-sector (and often international) resources, both embedded at the ncfta and through initiative specific intelligence channels, the ncfta is well positioned to ada

Programs: Government - this program expense relates to the management of intelligence of interest which is gathered and shared to our law enforcement partners in the various initiatives, i. E. , cyfin, pharmaceutical, retail and malware.

brand and consumer protection (bcp) in order to address the serious and growing problem of illicit online pharmaceutical sales, the ncfta established the pharmaceutical fraud initiative (pfi) in partnership with the federal bureau of investigation's cyber initiative and resource fusion unit (cirfu) and the internet crime complaint center (ic3). The purpose of this initiative is to provide a neutral forum wherein private industry and law enforcement can exchange information regarding emerging and ongoing threats to the pharmaceutical industry, while utilizing the ncfta generated target/trend assessments to support risk mitigation pursuits. Given that the united states is clearly a targeted market for online pharmacies, the primary objective of the initiative is to identify criminal actors and organizations that are engaging in pharmaceutical fraud. Analysis is aimed at presenting these targets to private industry for prospective law enforcement action and civil mitigation. Retail (intellectual property rights) project focuses on identifying and reporting instances of intellectual property rights violations pertaining to retail industry partners, specifically identifying fraud utilizing industry logos and products. This includes pirated software distributed via the internet, the use of the software to proliferate malware, auction fraud and the sale of counterfeit merchandise.

technology - the technology program expense is the management of hardware/software resources in support of the ncfta and its partners. Malware and cyber threats (mct) the malware & cyber threats program is dedicated to researching, identifying, and analyzing technical cyber threats. The program provides timely alerts through data feeds and proactive intelligence on cyber threats under analysis. Mct seeks to identify trends or patterns that will assist in mitigation and neutralization efforts as well as detect future threats.

cyfin the cyber financial program is dedicated to the financial services industry. Threat actors may seek to steal or siphon funds from accounts and/or compromise the integrity of the global financial infrastructure. The program seeks to develop intelligence on such threats as well as proactive and preventive countermeasures via partnerships with financial institutions in the banking, brokerage, and payment sectors of the financial services industry. Business development business development is the function of the company responsible for identifying, developing and managing relationships with organizations to develop growth opportunities to further the ncfta's mission.

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