Discussion 3 | CRJ 621 Cybercrime Investigation | Ashford University

  The Future of Cybercrime Investigation

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Prior to beginning work on this discussion read pages 12-16 of the Cybercrime in the Year 2025 (Links to an external site.) online resource, as well as the Laws Need Updating to Combat Cyber Crime (Links to an external site.), officials testify and The Future of Cybercrime (Links to an external site.) online articles, and view the Marc Goodman: A Vision of Crimes in the Future (Links to an external site.)Ted Talk.

Throughout the course we have examined the truth that cyber crime is the next great vanguard for both law enforcement and military protections in the United States. As with anything new in society, law enforcement, courts, and the nation itself require some time to fully understand the threats posed through new technologies and practices. Not only are state and federal legislatures often slow to respond to new crimes and societal changes, creating effective tools and strategies to effectively combat new crimes often takes years to implement.

Fully explore all of the following elements in your 400 word minimum initial post:

  • Predict an issue that will become problematic for law enforcement over the next 20 years that does not currently exist as a major problem in the area of cyber crime.
  • Create a unique and effective way to investigate the issue identified.
  • Evaluate the challenges (both legal and factual) to the investigation methodology, tool, practice and/or issue identified in your issue.
  • Predict the effectiveness of the new ways to investigate the issue identified.


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Required Resources


Stephens, G. (2010). Cybercrime in the year 2025. In T. Finnie, T. Petee, and J. Jarvis (Eds.), Future Challenges of Cybercrime: Volume 5 Proceedings of the Futures Working Group (Links to an external site.) (pp. 11-16). Retrieved from http://www.foresightfordevelopment.org/sobipro/download-file/46-1162/54

  • In this article, criminal justice academics, police leaders, and military experts consider the continuing challenges of cyber crime. Students are asked to concentrate their attention on pages 12-16 of the pdf.


Goodman, M. (2012, June). Marc Goodman: A visions of crimes in the futures (Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/marc_goodman_a_vision_of_crimes_in_the_future?language=en

Web Pages

O’Donnell, K. (2013, March 13). Laws need updating to combat cyber crime, officials testify (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from http://www.mainjustice.com/2013/03/13/laws-need-updating-to-combat-cyber-crime-officials-testify/

  • This web page explains the need for laws to be updated to remain relevant in the present and future of cyber crime investigation and prosecution.  Links contained within the web paage provide students with additional, primary sources for further investigation into the topics presented.
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Rossi, B. (2014, August 19). The future of cybercrime (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from http://www.information-age.com/technology/security/123458380/future-cybercrime

  • This article discusses the difficulty of predicting future crime issues, but indicates that smart phones will be the new vanguard of cyber crime moving forward.
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Recommended Resources


U.S. Department of Justice. (n.d.). Prosecuting computer crimes (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/criminal-ccips/legacy/2015/01/14/ccmanual.pdf

  • This government manual provides a sound understanding of the difficulties of creating new legislation to combat cyber crime. The difficulties of finding an appropriate balance between the government’s interest in computer crime as well as the interests and abilities of the States to proscribe and punish such offenses are explored.


MSCJ Resources (Links to an external site.) (http://ashford-mscj.weebly.com/)

  • This resource site will provide assistance in researching additional sources for the assessments within this course.
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