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The Hidden War on America: Identity Theft, Information Security, and Terrorism

Former Cybercrime Prosecutor Joseph Demarco Will Explain How Terrorists Use Common Crimes to Achieve Murderous Objectives.

12 May 2008

New York, NY — The Business Threat Awareness Council will hold a lunch meeting with special guest speaker, Joseph V. DeMarco on Tuesday 20 May 2008 at NOON in midtown Manhattan.

This special event is hosted by the software company ARISING Group.

Every day, America is subject to countless attempts by hostile forces to obtain the most basic elements necessary to carry out acts of terror: Information. Drawing on his experience as a former cybercrime prosecutor, Joseph DeMarco will explain how those most hostile to our country use common crimes such as identity theft, computer hacking, and other on-line crimes to achieve their murderous objectives and will explain how you can protect yourself and your organization from these criminal acts.

There is no charge for this event but limited space will require an RSVP to:

Joseph V. DeMarco is a Partner in DeVore & DeMarco LLP where he counsels clients on information privacy and security, theft of intellectual property, on-line fraud, employee malfeasance and crisis management and response. From 1997 to 2007, Mr. DeMarco was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he founded and headed the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIPs) Program.

Under his leadership, CHIPs prosecutions grew from a trickle in 1997 to a top priority of the United States Attorney's Office, encompassing all forms of criminal activity affecting e-commerce and critical infrastructures including computer hacking and sabotage crimes; transmission of Internet worms and viruses; web-based frauds; theft of trade secrets; cyberstalking; and copyright and trademark infringement. As a recognized expert in the field, Mr. DeMarco was frequently asked to counsel prosecutors and law enforcement agents regarding novel investigative techniques and methodologies, and regularly provided advice concerning the Office's most sensitive computer-related investigations. Mr. DeMarco also served as a visiting Trial Attorney at the Department of Justice Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section in Washington, D.C., where he focused on technology-related policy matters such as Internet privacy, international cyber-investigations, e-commerce, identity theft, and the electronic theft of intellectual property.

Mr. DeMarco is also a seasoned crisis manager. In the days and weeks following September 11, 2001, he was responsible for coordinating the U.S. Attorney's Office support for the New York Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force's investigation into the attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Since 2002 Mr. DeMarco has been an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School, where he teaches the Internet and Computer Crimes seminar. He has spoken throughout the United States as well as in Egypt, Italy and the Netherlands on cybercrime, e-commerce and copyright and trademark infringement. He has also lectured at Harvard Law School and in numerous other fora including the Practicing Law Institute, the National Advocacy Center and the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia . He has been interviewed on the subject of cybercrime in a number of media outlets including the Journal of the New York State Bar Association (cover story on cybercrime), ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings and Fox News America 's Newsroom with Bill Hemmer.

Prior to joining the United States Attorney's Office, Mr. DeMarco was a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he concentrated on antitrust, securities and intellectual property law for high-technology clients. Mr. DeMarco served as law clerk to the Honorable J. Daniel Mahoney, United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. DeMarco speaks conversational Italian. In his spare time, he is involved in various mentoring programs for young professionals and enjoys playing golf and squash and listening to classical piano.


The Business Threat Awareness Council is a voluntary group of professionals from the private and public sectors whose main goals are to improve threat awareness, promote best practices in threat management and business counterintelligence, and to disseminate this information to American businesses.

BTAC is a non-partisan and non-commercial organization. BTAC meetings are forums to exchange ideas, alert others to new and existing threats, and to meet like-minded professionals for the purpose of strengthening the infrastructure of America's commerce. For further information about BTAC and council events please visit

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