New online resource provides educational tips on cybersecurity and guides cybercrime victims through recovery.
|The official launch of VictimVoice.org, produced in partnership by NW3C and Symantec, featured remarks from (left to right): NW3C Board Chairman and West Virginia State Auditor Glenn Gainer; Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (Rhode Island); NW3C Director Don Brackman; Rep. Mac Thornberry (Texas); and Symantec Cybersecurity Partnerships Director Bill Wright. (photo courtesy of Symantec) |
WASHINGTON, DC – April 3, 2014 –
Today the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) launched the VOICE web site
(www.victimvoice.org) – Victims of Internet Crimes Empowered – to serve as a comprehensive, trustworthy resource for both victims of Internet-related crimes and the public at large. This educational site leverages the expertise and resources of Symantec and NW3C to not only help improve outcomes for victims, but also to help prevent other Internet users from falling victim to cybercrime.
According to the 2013 Norton Report, 41 percent of online adults became victims of online attacks such as malware, viruses, hacking and scams in 2013¹, underscoring the urgency for consumers to learn how to stay protected and act as quickly and efficiently as possible if victimized. In addition to providing educational videos and step-by-step guides for preventing and recovering from Internet-related crimes, the VOICE website includes several valuable services and resources, including a way for victims to report details about cybercrimes directly to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) for potential investigation by law enforcement, and contact information for agencies and organizations that offer immediate help and support.
“Every day more than a million people fall victim to cybercrime but rarely report the crimes because many believe nothing can be done,” said Bill Wright, Director of Cybersecurity Partnerships, Symantec. “While security software serves as the first layer of defense, the VOICE site offers both educational tools for cybercrime prevention along with solutions to help guide victims through the recovery process.”
“To make their voices heard, cybercrime victims first need to have access to the right information,” said Glen Gainer, NW3C Chairman. “We are thrilled that our partnership with Symantec has enabled us to provide this vital, free online resource for consumers. The VOICE website arms victims with knowledge about what to do in the aftermath of an online crime and how to prevent it in the future.”
For more information, please visit http://www.victimvoice.org/.
Funded for over thirty years primarily by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), NW3C is a leader in the fight against economic and high-tech crime. For more information, please visit www.nw3c.org.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) led by Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason. OJP provides innovative leadership in developing law enforcement partnerships and disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America to prevent and control crime and to assist victims of crime. Additional information about OJP may be found at http://www.ojp.gov.
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¹Symantec Corporation, Norton Report, October 2013, page 11 go.symantec.com/norton-report-2013