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Related Activities April 03, 2014 On Thursday, April 3rd, Symantec and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) were joined at the U.S. Capitol by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Representative Mac Thornberry (R-TX) to launch the VOICE website – Victims of Internet Crime Empowered – a comprehensive, trustworthy resource for victims of Internet-related crime and the public at large. The launch of VictimVoice.org is the result of a two-year partnership with the NW3C to improve resources for cybercrime victims, and to partner with non-profit and government organizations to help prevent other Internet users from falling victim to cybercrime.

The first tool of its kind, VOICE gives cybercrime victims a place to turn to report online malicious activity. In addition, cybercrime victims can use VOICE to access educational videos and step-by-step guides for preventing and recovering from Internet-related crimes. The website includes several valuable services and resources – most notable are links to partner websites, such as the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

“Every day more than a million people fall victim to cybercrime but rarely report the crimes because many believe nothing can be done,” said Cheri McGuire, Vice President, Global Government Affairs & Cybersecurity Policy. “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, Chairman of NW3C. “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.”

“The security of our computers and the information stored on them is at risk every minute of every day. The damage from the information that is being stolen, manipulated or destroyed is costing us billions of dollars, risking jobs, chipping away at our competitiveness, and undermining our national security,” said Rep. Thornberry. “It is critical the public and private sectors work together to prevent, protect, and prosecute cybercrime when and where we can.”

Rep. Thornberry’s comments were joined by those of Senator Whitehouse, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. “Cybercrime continues to be among the greatest security threats facing our country, yet too many Americans remain in the dark about the severity of the threat and what they can do about it,” remarked Senator Whitehouse. “The VOICE website can serve as an important resource to educate internet users about how to protect themselves against cyber attacks, and to report suspected attacks as they happen. I thank Symantec and the NW3C for their efforts to help Americans defend themselves against cyber criminals.”

You have a voice. Make it heard. Please share the following link with your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors, and visit it yourself by going to: http://www.victimvoice.org/.

(L-R): Glen Gainer (Chairman, NW3C), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Don Brackman (Director, NW3C), Rep. Mac Thornberry, Bill Wright (Director, Govt. Affairs-Cybersecurity Partnerships, Symantec).