International Issues & Initiatives on Cybersecurity



Tuesday, March 23, 2010

1:00PM - 3:00PM


Presented by the American Bar Association's Privacy & Computer Crime Committee, Section of Science & Technology Law    

Cybercrimes occurring in America impact government, industry, and all users, but U.S. laws only extend to U.S. borders.  Cybercrime laws vary around the world and, in fact, many countries do not have a cybercrime law at all, making tracking and tracing cyber criminal activity and investigating and prosecuting perpetrators of these crimes a global problem. 

This program will discuss the international issues associated with cyber criminal activity. There is no single or simple solution, but there are some common requirements for global cyber security.  One is a harmonized legal framework with respect to cybercrimes and common procedural rules for mutual assistance, cooperation and search and seizure of electronic evidence.  Another requirement is an understanding of the issues confronted in investigating cybercrimes in order to facilitate maximum cooperation globally.

This program will feature work developed by the American Bar Association’s Privacy & Computer Crime Committee, including its ITU Toolkit for Cybercrime Legislation.  The Toolkit was developed by the ABA Committee for the UN with the involvement of a multidisciplinary group of participants from 15 countries.  The ABA Committee hopes the Toolkit will be used to help establish a harmonized global framework of cybercrime laws.  Participants from the panel bring deep expertise in international cybercrime issues and also will discuss efforts being made outside of the U.S. that can be leveraged to counter cybercrime and address key problem areas.



Introductions & Program Chair: Allan Berg, President, Maryland InfraGard Chapter


Jody R. Westby, Chair, ABA Privacy & Computer Crime Committee & CEO, Global Cyber Risk

“The Need for a Global Harmonized Cybercrime Legal Framework”

David Weitzel, Vice Chair, ABA Privacy & Computer Crime Committee

“International Initiatives on Cybercrime & Cyber Security””

James Meehan, Assistant Special Agent in Charge - Cyber Investigations Criminal Investigative Division, United States Secret Service

“Government-to-Government Interaction in Countering Cybercrime”


Officer Kathy Macdonald, Global Cyber Security Centre & Calgary Police Department, Calgary, Canada

“International Cooperation Issues With Law Enforcement & Public-Private Sectors”

Veni Markovski, ICANN, Manager Regional Relations - Russia, CIS, Eastern Europe

 “Closing the Gaps in Global Cyber Security”

Joseph J. Schwerha, IV, CEO, Trace Evidence LLC,

“Countering Global Risks from Cybercrime”


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