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The Criticality of Reporting Cybercrimes

Investigator Steve Dougherty on Accelerating Reporting
Steve Dougherty, forensic financial analyst/investigator, U.S. Secret Service;

For the seventh year in a row, business email compromise has produced the largest losses of any type of cybercrime, according to Steve Dougherty of the U.S. Secret Service. He says organizations need to build and maintain relationships with law enforcement agencies before an attack happens.

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"If you are trying to find a contact after an incident has occurred, it's too late," he says.

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2022, Dougherty discusses:

  • The mission of the U.S. Secret Service;
  • New and old cyberthreats to organizations;
  • Steps law enforcement agencies are taking to improve public-private partnerships.

Dougherty has over 15 years of investigative experience. He is currently assigned to the U.S. Secret Service's Global Investigative Operations Center. As a financial fraud investigator in support of the federal government, Dougherty has played a pivotal role in criminal investigations surrounding cyber-enabled financial crime, money laundering, human trafficking, identity theft, healthcare fraud, embezzlement, tax/government program fraud and dark web crimes. His main area of expertise is combating money laundering in all its forms. Dougherty has been proactive in identifying new and future trends in the world of financial crime and has been a leader and a mentor to other investigators, teaching them how to uncover fraud both internally and externally.


About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, ISMG Productions

An experienced broadcast journalist, Delaney conducts interviews with senior cybersecurity leaders around the world. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website for The European Information Security Summit, or TEISS. Earlier, she worked at Levant TV and Resonance FM and served as a researcher at the BBC and ITV in their documentary and factual TV departments.




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