Headquartered in Pittsburgh, the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA) was created in 1997 with the mission of facilitating collaboration between private industry, academia and law enforcement to identify, mitigate and neutralize complex cyber-related threats.
In May 2009, President Obama's administration composed a 60-day review to assess U.S. policies and structures for cybersecurity. The review considered a number of effective public-private partnerships and cited the NCFTA as an “effective model,” which “has a clearly defined institutional mission, well-defined roles and responsibilities for participants, and a clear value proposition that creates incentives for members to participate.”
The NCFTA coordinates several initiatives, where it acts as the industry's common collaborative center for information collection and distribution of key fraud detection indication variables.
One such initiative is the Digital PhishNet, a joint partnership between the NCFTA and Microsoft, established in 2004 as a collaborative mitigation and neutralization information sharing initiative to unite industry leaders in technology, banking, financial services and online retail services with law enforcement to combat “phishing.”
Another intiative was created in order to address the serious and growing problem of illicit online pharmaceutical sales, the Pharmaceutical Fraud Initiative, in partnership with several U.S. and international pharmaceutical companies and government agencies. The focus of this initiative is mitigation and the dismantling of affiliate networks through providing a forum to exchange information regarding emerging and ongoing threats to the pharmaceutical industry.
In addition, the NCFTA has partnered with online retailers, financial institutions and brokerage firms to mitigate and neutralize frauds specifically targeted at e-commerce.
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