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Cybercrime Fighter Awards

In order to effectively fight cybercrime and make a meaningful impact to this problem, McAfee recognizes the valiant work of individuals and organizations worldwide who are achieving much-needed success in this important fight. The McAfee Cybercrime Fighter Award is given to an individual who has exemplified outstanding leadership in the global effort to combat cybercrime. Consistent with the Cybercrime Initiative strategy, the honoree has contributed to the effort in a way that may include: raising awareness of cybercrime prevention, leading law enforcement efforts to investigate and prosecute cybercrime, educating the next generation of cybercrime fighters, creating innovative ways to combat cybercrime, protecting consumers or children from cybercrime threats, or other efforts. McAfee is proud to have the opportunity to recognize these individuals for their achievements.

New Cybercrime Fighter Award Winner

Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office Shawn Henry

The award recognizes Henry for his efforts protecting the nation from cybercrime and his role in revamping cyberstrategy and investigative programs. Serving the FBI since 1989, Henry was appointed assistant director in charge of the Washington Field Office in early 2010. Previously he held the position of assistant director of the FBI Cyber Division. Henry and his team are responsible for protecting the United States against the most harmful Internet fraud, serious computer invasions, the spread of malicious code and operations aiming to obtain U.S. intellectual property. Henry specializes in cyber program management and defending the nation against advanced cyberattacks. He spent his career improving computer security and developing key initiatives for national security. As a member of the National Cyber Study Group (NCSG), he helped develop the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI). Henry is responsible for transforming the FBI’s cyberstrategies and investigative programs. He contributed to the National Security Branch (NSB), and was selected to serve as Chief of the Executive Staff to the Executive Assistant Director of the NSB. His current office, the Washington Field Office, has three major national security priorities. It protects the U.S. against terrorist attacks, foreign intelligence operations and espionage and cyberbased attacks and high-technology crimes.

Noted accomplishments Henry spearheaded for the FBI include:

  • Development and implementation of the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF); the FBI was subsequently designated the executive agent of the NCIJTF by the President of the United States, leading the domestic response against cyberexploitation.
  • Full time international deployment of FBI cyberagents into the national police agencies of foreign law enforcement agencies, resulting in unprecedented success in mitigating foreign criminal threats to US interests.
  • Broad coordination and collaboration with the private sector, resulting in joint intelligence products being produced and disseminated which prevented some cyberattacks.

Previous Cybercrime Fighter Award Winners

Detective Superintendant of the Queensland Police Service Brian Hay

A member of the Queensland Police Service for 28 years, Brian Hay has worked extensively in the area of fraud and corporate crime since 2004. He currently oversees the Fraud and Corporate Crime Group, which includes units that specialize in identity crime, computer crime, and fraud prevention. Brian plays a key role in educating the public about cybercrime, and fighting banking and online fraud. He was also instrumental in investigating a Nigerian advance fee fraud scam that saw Australians losing $36 million dollars a year. This investigation led to the arrest of 10 Nigerians committing Internet fraud. Under Hay's leadership, the Queensland Fraud and Corporate Crime Group also launched two world firsts in preventing and reporting cybercrime: First, a collaboration with The Western Union Company resulting in an enhanced fraud prevention early warning system that flags when money is being sent to high-risk countries. Second, an online reporting portal, developed with eBay, that allows Australian and international consumers to report online auction fraud. Another one of Hay's key achievements is Project Synergy, established to conduct symposiums on a number of fraud topics. To date, there have been more than 140 presentations to 12,000 community members, attracting delegates and experts from around the world.

New York State Chief Information Security Officer Will Pelgrin

Serving as director since the creation of the Office of Cyber Security in 2002, Pelgrin is a Governor's cabinet-level commissioner. He and his team are responsible for coordinating the Empire State's efforts regarding cyber infrastructure protection, prevention, response, and recovery. Pelgrin encourages information sharing and to that end, he established the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) in 2003, which comprises all 50 States and the District of Columbia, as well as U.S. Territories and local governments. The MS-ISAC serves as a central resource for information sharing and collaboration between and among the states and local governments. Additionally, Alaska, Montana and Georgia contract with Pelgrin's team to monitor and analyze their own states' network threats. In addition to operational activities, Pelgrin's cyberbrigade focuses its efforts on awareness and education activities, including distribution of advisories, information bulletins, monthly newsletters, and online trainings. Through the MS-ISAC, his office also hosts bi-monthly Webcasts, develops cyber security materials for government, businesses and home users and developed and distributed cyber security guides to 38,000 local governments across the United States.

Romania's Prosecutor-General Laura Codruta Kövesi

As the first female, and one of the youngest in Romanian history, Prosecutor-General Kövesi has spearheaded action against Romania-based cybercriminals even in the absence of real cybercrime laws in Romania, considered by many experts to be a hotbed of cybercrime. Earlier this year, the Honorable Laura Kövesi led the effort to prosecute thirty-eight individuals with ties to international organized crime who were involved in computer and credit card fraud schemes, a true testament to the fact that the goals of the fight against cybercrime can be met!

The Council of Europe Head of Economic Crime Alexander Seger

Mr. Alexander Seger has been with the Council of Europe (CoE) in Strasbourg, France, since February 1999. He is responsible for the Council's global project on cybercrime, spanning countries worldwide in the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime, the preeminent international treaty that enables cross-border collaboration against cybercrime. With Mr. Seger's leadership, the CoE has shown unending work to end cybercrime, including the creation of the world's first Convention on Cybercrime, and its ongoing pursuit to educate countries around the world of the value of an international framework to tackle cybercrime cross-border.

Department of Homeland Security Assistant Security Greg Garcia

Garcia was honored for his national leadership in helping governments, businesses and citizens reduce their risk of becoming victims of cyberattacks through prevention and awareness. Under Garcia's leadership, the National Cyber Security Division has helped computer users stay prepared through the National Cyber Alert System. The division has raised awareness of cybersecurity best practices through sponsorship of National Cyber Security Awareness Month each October, and by working through the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) with public, private, and international partners to prevent cyberattacks and coordinate responses when they do occur.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott

Serving since 2002, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has established a national reputation as a leader in protecting children online. In 2003, General Abbott created the state's first Cyber Crimes Unit, an effort responsible for more than 90 child predator arrests and a 100% conviction rate. He has repeatedly pressed social networking sites to implement definitive safety measures to protect young users from sexually explicit images and unwanted sexual advances. General Abbott has led online safety educational efforts statewide, with Cyber Crimes Unit investigators and a full-time Cyber Safety Officer conducting Cyber Safety Town Halls for parents and educators across Texas. The Texas Attorney General's office also routinely works to train law enforcement across the state on conducting investigations and forensics on online solicitation and child pornography cases.