CIRE addresses the evolving issue of cybercrime by providing digital services to advocates of truth, acquiring new insights, and offering education for future generations.
Cybercrime is one of the biggest challenges of modern society. A recent report indicates that cybercriminals worldwide have created the equivalent of a black-market economy with a profitability factor expected to exceed 1.5 trillion U.S. dollars in 2018 alone. If this economy were associated with a country, it would represent the 13th largest GDP in the world. Corporations are not the only victims. Almost no city, local community, or even neighborhood today is immune from the harms perpetrated by those who hide behind the mask of technology to commit crimes. Our society's elderly and children are especially vulnerable populations often targeted by cybercriminals. It is hard to monetize the full impact of cybercrime on corporations and individuals, but a recent study from McAfee indicated that the annual cost in 2020 was at least $1 trillion.
Due to the prevalence of technology devices, there is now a technology nexus in nearly every crime. A 2020 survey of over 2000 law enforcement agencies by the digital forensics company Cellebrite demonstrates that law enforcement reported over 90% of their case investigations involve a smartphone, and over 50% of those cases require access to data stored in the cloud by those smartphones. Cellebrite also found that in the past three years, there has been an 82% increase in digital data in law enforcement investigations and prosecutions. This digital evidence includes pictures, videos, phone calls, postings, GPS location information, and detailed conversations.