via Post Tribune
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder praised Northwest Indiana’s efforts to fight cyber crime, saying the government needs to continue to work with the private sector to do so.
Holder, who gave the keynote speech Thursday at the Northwest Indiana Cyber Security Summit in Hammond, said protecting the country’s digital domains must be a top priority.
He cited a local partnership the U.S. Attorney’s office in Northern Indiana began just after Sept. 11, 2001, to begin meeting quarterly with local industries to better protect their assets.
More of the same will be needed as tightening budgets make it harder for the government to protect the cyber world, Holder said. “The fact is that the government simply can’t do this alone,” he said.
Cyber theft is a growing problem, Holder said, adding that in the past few months the U.S. Department of Justice as arrested several individuals accused of stealing $1.5 million from American citizens.
“The staggering volume of money being stolen online today has the potential to threaten not only the security of our nation,” he said, “but the integrity of our government, the stability of our economy and the safety of our people.”
People involved in the effort also need to focus on intellectual property theft, Holder said, citing a case that came out in Indiana last year of a Chinese national who was charged with stealing information from the company he worked for and giving it to the Chinese government.
The conference, attended by local police agencies, attorneys and private companies, is one of the first of its kind, the attorney general said.
The U.S. Attorney for Northern Indiana, David Capp, said it was important Holder realized cyber security wasn”t just an issue here but across the world as problems continue to come from other countries.
“The threats we face in the 21st century know no boundaries,” Capp said.