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Department of Law Enforcement Breaks Down Cyber Crime Response

During a recent cybersecurity conference in Tampa, a senior IT business consultant from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement discussed how the agency evaluates and responds to cyber crime.

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During the recent Sunshine Cyber Conference hosted by Cyber Florida in Tampa, Brett Cureton, a senior IT business consultant with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), discussed the department’s approach to handling cyber crime.

According to the department’s website, the FDLE cyber crime office, which was formed in 2023 under its Cyber Bureau, receives cyber crime complaints regarding cyber bullying, Internet fraud, phishing, identity theft and malware.

Cureton shared the following insights during the conference:
  • Regarding the agency’s specific tools for aggregating and reading logs to better understand system behavior, Cureton said the department uses “different tools depending on what we are attempting to digest. Axiom and Kape are common tools we use. We are also looking into getting a tactical version of Splunk, but it is very expensive.”   
  • “When you’re dealing with an enterprise network, there’s no one-stop shop for information from someone,” Cureton said. “There are teams of people that are responsible for application security, for the network itself and end-user support if you’re lucky.”  
  • “Ransomware is probably the No. 1 problem right now in this space,” Cureton said. “It’s been around for years, probably since the invention of bitcoin or cryptocurrency, but it has gotten so advanced and so profitable for bad guys that we get multiple calls a day.”  
  • “A newer crime that we’re seeing over the last few years is sim swap,” Cureton said. This type of scam is a form of identity theft in which a cyber criminal takes over a phone by tricking a phone carrier into connecting a specific phone number to a SIM card in their possession. 
More information about the conference can be found online.
Katya Diaz is an Orlando-based e.Republic staff writer. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in global strategic communications from Florida International University.