US DOJ unveils fellowship program to bolster legal fight against cybercrime

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is launching a fellowship program that is designed to develop legal expertise to deal with cyber threats that impact national security.

According to Cyberscoop, the fellowship is seen as the next step in the US Justice Department’s efforts to ramp up US legal action against cybersecurity threats.

Those who are fellows of the new program will rotate across different departments to work on cases that focus on prosecuting state-sponsored cyber threats, transnational criminal groups, infrastructure and ransomware attacks, the use of cryptocurrency and money laundering to finance and profit from cyber-based crimes.

In a statement, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said, “As we have witnessed this past year, cyber threats pose a significant and increasing risk to our national security, our economic security, and our personal security. We need to develop the next generation of prosecutors with the training and experience necessary to combat the next generation of cyber threats.”

Previously, Monaco mentioned that the US has ‘got to get innovative and aggressive’ and work collaboratively and cooperatively with its partners and the private sector if the US is going to keep pace with what malicious actors are doing.

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