I am the difference between being a victim and having a VOICE
Symantec’s 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report explores our commitments to our employees, the world, and your information. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be featuring blogs from Symantec employees and partners that focus on how they are making a difference. This week, we hear from Kim Williams, Communications Manager at the National White Collar Crime Center, one of Symantec's nonprofit partners.
According to Symantec's 2012 Norton Cybercrime Report, there are 556 million consumer cybercrime victims per year (more than the entire population of the European Union) - more than 1.5 million per day, or 18 victims per second. Protecting victims of cybercrime couldn't be more important.
Symantec has become increasingly involved in the effort to create new approaches to support victims of cybercrime and the successful prosecution of its perpetrators. As part of this, Symantec provides ongoing support to the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).
This year, Symantec partnered with us at the annual conference of the National Center for Victims of Crime in New Orleans to get the word out about resources for cybercrime victims. The conference provided a forum for law enforcement, victim service professionals, allied practitioners, policymakers and researchers to share current developments and build new collaborations.
As part of the three-day conference, NW3C led a workshop titled “Giving Victims of Cybercrime a VOICE: Resources Available for Victim Advocates and Law Enforcement.” During our 90-minute presentation, we shared information about NW3C; ways to avoid becoming a victim of an online crime; and how to report a cybercrime to law enforcement (by filing a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (fall®).
We also showed the new VOICE website - which goes live later this fall - to those in attendance. The VOICE website, a collaborative effort between NW3C and Symantec, will feature tips for consumers about avoiding online victimization as well as steps to take should a cybercrime occur.
NW3C thanks Symantec for their support and looks forward to partnering with them on additional projects in the future.
For more information about Symantec's approach to information protection, cybercrime, online safety, and privacy, visit the Your Information section of the corporate responsibility website.