President Biden, on May 6, 2022, signed into law the Better Cybercrime Metrics Act. The Bill received bipartisan Congressional support and encouraged local law enforcement to report cybercrime incidents to the FBI to build a database of cybercrimes. It aims to improve the government’s efficiency in tracking cybercrime. The law will build a more efficient system and enable law enforcement agencies to identify cyber threats and prevent future attacks.

Spanberger, a former CIA case officer and federal agent, recalls how a ransomware attack which happened the previous year affected national security. It had become imperative to protect national security from cybercriminals as the safety and privacy of Americans were at risk.

The new database will taxonomize cybercrime. This Act also instructs the National Academies of Science to categorize cybercrime incidents in dialogue with federal, state, local, and tribal stakeholders, criminologists, and business leaders who will notify the FBI’s reporting of cybercrime and cyber threats.

The Better Cybercrime Metrics Act wants the Bureau of Justice Statistics at the Department of Justice and the Census Bureau to sum up questions regarding cybercrime in the annual National Crime Victimization Survey. The data collected will be available to law enforcement agencies tracking cybercriminals.

The Bill has been endorsed by multiple national law enforcement organizations like the National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) along with the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and Cybercrime Support Network (CSN).

The law will improve cyber metrics by reporting on the effectiveness of current cybercrime mechanisms and highlighting disparities in reporting data between cybercrime data and other types of crime data.

Spanberger further added that he is proud to have the President sign the law that would strengthen the data collection and give law enforcement the tools they need, and take necessary steps to keep the American people safe online.

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                                                                                                                                    Written by: Sonali Das

Edited by: Adv. Sabrina Bath

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