Nobody can win a race with technology. It is changing so rapidly that by the time you make sense of one technology, a newer version is already being launched.
Back on the Justice Clearinghouse is one of our regular instructors, Stacey Wright. Stacey is the Director of Cyber Intelligence at CIS, where she runs the Intel Team for the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and the Elections Infrastructure ISAC (EI-ISAC). She is an expert in her field having served as the Cyber Intelligence Analyst for the FBI’s Albany Division and teaches graduate classes on cybersecurity and threat intelligence at the State University of New York.
For today’s course, Stacey delves into the technologies that criminal justice, law enforcement, and emergency responders might be facing now or in the near future, and how each of these can impact their duties and service.
Stacey detailed into the different and emerging technologies including:
- How government agencies are utilizing cryptocurrency specifically Bitcoin as a payment method.
- The different types of crimes related to cryptocurrency that the justice system and law enforcement must be familiar with.
- How state governments are tapping blockchain for better records storage, food safety, and even voting.
- Related crimes that involve attempts to modify the blockchain.
- Dark web
- Cases of prostitution and theft that transpires in the dark web.
- Challenges that arise from investigating cases given the anonymity and limited accessibility of the dark web.
- Citizen Engagement Platforms
- How different regions are utilizing the technology to make transactions with the state/local government more efficient.
- Problems posed to law enforcement when such platforms tend to compromise security and safety.
- The IPv6 update and how the shift can negatively impact investigations that rely on IPv4 to identify users.
- Drones and UAVs
- How drones and UAVs are being used by justice agencies and emergency responders for emergency response and surveillance, among others.
- Crimes made possible through drones that lets criminals search homes making them vulnerable for burglary and fly drugs from one point to another.
- Autonomous vehicles
- The convenience and safety brought about by self-driving cars.
- Liability issues when it comes to investigating car crashes and other motor incidents that do not involve drivers.
- Digital identification that gives convenient options but poses a challenge when an individual is outside of the jurisdiction that digital identification is in effect.
- Digital license plates
- Promising intelligent notification that can be used to display amber alert, signal for assistance, and mark a stolen car.
- Concerns on the validity outside jurisdictional lines and possible hacking to change license plate numbers.
- Interconnected cities that provide connectivity and safety notifications to the community, but putting the community in jeopardy of potential cybercrime attacks on public networks.
- Cloud as a service that provides flexibility and mobility to users but presents problems for justice/law enforcement when it comes to retrieving log files and tracing the origin of infections.
- How to best deal with all the benefits and potential challenges from new technologies through:
- Strategic planning on how to respond to new technology and how they impact institutions’ operations.
- Encouraging interest in technology within the agency to make people more aware and share their knowledge about emerging technologies.
- Community engagement that encourages insights from those in the IT field.
- Knowing the available resources that can provide education on new technologies and assistance should issues arise.
- During the Q&A the audience clarified topics related to:
- Modifying the blockchain.
- Resources on utilizing blockchain for record keeping.
- Policies and procedures for autonomous vehicle crashes.
- Tapping individuals with an interest in technology to become the agency’s SMEs.