Fighting Digital Crime
Professor Randy Smith
February 27, 2012
The purpose of this paper is to explain the existing challenges that result from the independent nature of federal agencies, as well as the other factors that are common to each of them and discuss how the U.S. could align these efforts to better protect the nation against digital crimes and terrorism.
The National Security Agency (NSA) aims to use social media and improved data sharing as part of an enhanced strategy to fight organized crime in the United States and abroad. The White House has launched the Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime to step up its efforts to fight this type of crime by better integrating diverse work from various agencies that collect intelligence data and track and investigate these types of criminals. The new plan is the result of a year-long study of the current state of these types of crimes, the most comprehensive of its kind in 15 years. The feds in general have been working across various agencies that are responsible for crime investigations and the protection of the general public--such as the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense--to better share information. Often agencies with different responsibilities for investigation don't communicate effectively with each other, a problem the federal government has been trying to remedy through the use of technology. The same is the case with those investigating organized crime, and the new strategy aims to fix that by coordinating information sharing among various organizations and specialized intelligence centers that are responsible for handling these types of crimes. This will involve the Cyber Crimes Center to coordinate the collection and analysis of intelligence regarding various aspects of the threat from transnational organized crime, according to the strategy, which is posted online. The plan also includes the NSA coordinating with the interagency...