Senator Coons hosted a Senate Law Enforcement Caucus briefing on cyber security Wednesday to highlight the crucial role state and local agencies play in the fight against cybercrime, an increasingly common security threat.
The panel comprised cyber security experts from a variety of fields. They included Sergeant Kevin Perna, Operations Commander from the Delaware State Police High Technology Crimes Unit and the Delaware Internet Crimes Against Children Federal Task Force; Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge Ari Baranoff from the U.S. Secret Service’s New York Field Office; David Szuchman, the Executive District Attorney and Chief of the Investigation Division at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office; Tony Encinias, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Chief Information Officer; and Colonel David Walker, commander of the Delaware Air National Guard’s 166th Network Warfare Squadron.
The panelists stressed the importance of multilateral partnerships among law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, and local levels to strengthening cyber security. They also emphasized that strong cooperation and frequent communication are critical to preventing, combatting, and prosecuting cybercrime. Sharing resources and best practices aids the fight against cybercrime tremendously.