The number of cybercrime incidents are on the rise, and neither the private nor the public sector is prepared for it. Globally, the annual cost of cybercrime is estimated to hit $6 trillion by 2021. That’s a staggering amount of growth from $3 trillion in 2015 states a concerned Julie Clegg, seasoned investigator, author, and now the founder and CEO of New York based tech company, HRDN.
Since her early days as a detective in the UK, before the rise of the internet and social media as we know it today, Clegg has been interested in how to use the internet as a tool to support law enforcement. She spent nearly a decade travelling the world to teach law enforcement, military, government, and Fortune 500 companies how to use the internet as an investigative research tool.
In 2016, Clegg founded her own investigative services company, Human-I, getting her back to the forefront of investigation. Now her focus is looking at the future and asking where is the technology going? As technological advancements continue to emerge rapidly, what does it mean for law enforcement and investigation? For one, it means using the tools we have – and the tools which are coming – to keep one step ahead of criminals.
“We need a lot more collaboration.”
The capability of foreign actors and organized crime to infiltrate national systems, corporations, and government infrastructure is only increasing with machine learning and artificial intelligence. “We’re coming into a critical time,” cautions Clegg, particularly surrounding the field of biometrics and the potential for data to become insecure. It’s going to take a lot more innovation and a lot more collaboration, in Clegg’s opinion, to build secure infrastructure technology that works.
Collaboration is the key to moving forward successfully and being prepared for what the next few years of combatting cybercrime will look like. Clegg’s message is that collaboration needs to not only be cross-industry, between law enforcement and private sector, but also cross-generational, bringing a digitally native generation of innovators together with policy makers and the judiciary. With everything moving quickly toward an entirely digital future where data is the greatest commodity on the planet, law enforcement should be a part of the conversation in deciding how to prepare.
“Everybody has something to teach everybody else, and we’re going to have to step outside our comfort zone. Technology transcends all borders.”
For law enforcement and investigators, interacting with thought leaders, industry professionals, and innovators is part of getting ahead of cybercrime and cybercriminals. Understanding the technology is essential in predicting and anticipating future crimes effectively. As e-crime becomes more mainstream, law enforcement and investigators need to take advantage of live collaboration with technology innovators and experts.
“I’m excited to be going to the EPIC conference – I’m looking forward to networking and meeting the people there.”
Julie Clegg will be speaking on Successful Investigation Techniques and Technologies. Attendees can connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter. Follow her on Twitter for live updates at CATAAlliance’s 4th annual EPIC Summit and Awards event.