SpearTip CEO Addresses Missouri Attorney General Cyber Security Summit

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Recommends Law Changes to Protect Private Data

Law enforcement and private businesses will benefit from the sharing of information and resources.

SpearTip CEO Jarrett Kolthoff recently addressed the Missouri Attorney General’s Electronic Data Privacy Summit, outlining emerging technologies, trends and issues in cyber security and proposing legal changes to enhance protection for competitive business secrets against domestic and foreign cyber espionage.

The day-long Summit was held November 22, 2011, at Washington University Law School, in St. Louis. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster chaired a panel of chief prosecutors from three metro-St. Louis counties together with several members of the Missouri legislature. The purpose of the summit was to assist the Attorney General in proposing legislation in the upcoming legislative session, to enhance information privacy and cyber security.

In prepared remarks, Kothoff recommended that legislators consider ways to enhance cooperation between law enforcement and the private sector in sharing information and resources to combat industrial cyber espionage.

Kolthoff cited among other things the October, 2011 report of the Office of National Counterintelligence Executive (ONCIX) highlighting cyber espionage risks to “private sector targets,” many of which “are unaware when their sensitive data is pilfered.”

Kolthoff’s recommendation foreshadowed the introduction, on November 30, 2011, of H.R. 3523, the “Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act.” CISPA would authorize the Director of National Intelligence to allow sharing of government intelligence on cyber threats to qualified private entities under procedures and guidelines established under the act.

Kolthoff’s recommendation applies a similar principle to cyber counterespionage response on the local and federal law enforcement level. “Law enforcement and private businesses will benefit from the sharing of information and resources.” Kolthoff said. “Law enforcement has tools, such as search warrants, that are not available to private firms. On the other hand, law enforcement often is able to rely on computer forensics and analysis from private firms such as SpearTip.”

“On a number of occasions, SpearTip has supplied evidence and analysis to local law enforcement that has resulted in successful prosecution of cyber crimes,” Kolthoff explains. Besides Kolthoff’s experience as a special agent for military counterintelligence, SpearTip’s team includes a former investigator with the Missouri Attorney General’s cyber crimes division.

Kolthoff indicated that SpearTip’s general counsel, Michael Quinlan, is preparing to work with legislative leaders during the coming legislative session to craft legislation to address the opportunities for collaboration between law enforcement and private companies to protect economic and business competitive secrets.

About SpearTip:
SpearTip is a corporate counterespionage advisory firm providing disinterested guidance to board level and executive corporate leadership. Under the direction of its founder/CEO, Jarrett Kolthoff, a former Special Agent - U.S. Army Counterintelligence, SpearTip’s specially trained team combines computer forensics and cyber counterespionage capabilities with proven intelligence gathering techniques to provide clients with a comprehensive Framework of Guidance them to meet threats to company secrets and data integrity.

For more information visit us at: http://www.speartip.net or call 1.877.551.0438.


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