October 19, 2016 Practice Points

California AG’s Office Takes Lead in Tackling Cyber Crime in Establishing C4 Center

The center will give law enforcement assistance in investigations where cyber expertise is needed

by Christina Liu

On October 11, 2016, California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced the establishment of the California Cyber Crime Center (C4). This center will give law enforcement assistance in investigations where cyber expertise is needed. The center will bring together several of the state’s cyber-related watchdogs: the eCrime Unit; the Network Information Security Section; the California Department of Justice’s office of cyber-security experts; the Digital Evidence Unit; and a newly created unit, the Office of Digital Investigations (ODI). The ODI focuses on emerging technologies such as software, data forensics, and website reconstruction and will provide law enforcement with the ability to digitally reconstruct a crime scene.

C4 also includes a “cyber accelerator,” where all of the C4 unit members will be able to conduct research and development in creating new innovative services and products. The first product to result from the “cyber accelerator” is the cyber response vehicle, which is a former mobile command vehicle that was retrofitted into a mobile digital forensics library. This initiative should assist law enforcement in combating the multifaceted parts of cybercrime in a more effective way.


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