If you’ve ever wondered how Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is able to successfully track criminal activity and solve complex cases, look no further than Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. That’s where you will find the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA), a nonprofit partnership between private industry, government, and academia that provides a neutral, trusted environment and shared workspace that enables collaboration and cooperation to identify, mitigate, and disrupt cyber crime. Leads received from the NCFTA concerning counterfeit IPR sales and cyber-crimes are vetted through the IPR Center and forwarded to field offices for potential investigation. NCFTA provides inclusive research related to counterfeit goods, ranging from items entering the Department of Defense supply chain to pharmaceuticals, automotive parts, cosmetics, apparel, electronics, technology products and tobacco. So far this fiscal year, the NCFTA has contributed to more than 30 cases opened by the IPR Center that have led to seven arrests, 25 indictments, 13 convictions and more than $4 million in counterfeit seizures. You can learn more about the NCFTA by visiting www.ncfta.net/

IPRC Connections- MAY 2019 – FINAL