Fraud , Litigation , Phishing

Investigating Business eMail Compromise and Ransomware

Maria Ramirez of Los Angeles County's District Attorney's Office on Lessons from Recent Cases

When she first joined the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, Maria Ramirez prosecuted street gangs. Now she's cracking down on cyber gangs and is opening her case file to share lessons learned from cases involving business email compromise and ransomware.

In a video interview conducted at ISMG's San Francisco Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit, Ramirez discusses:

  • Phishing and ransomware cases she has investigated;
  • Where organizations typically are most vulnerable;
  • When and how to involve law enforcement after an incident.

Also, see Ramirez speak here in this panel on We've Been Breached: Now What? How to Effectively Work with Law Enforcement and Regulators.

Ramirez is the head deputy of the Los Angeles County district attorney's cybercrime division. She supervises 11 attorneys and 19 investigators, and oversees the investigation and prosecution of cyber-related crime, including identity theft, credit card fraud, computer intrusions and child exploitation over the internet. In 2015, Ramirez received the prosecutor of the year award from the California District Attorney Investigator's Association for her work in cybercrime prosecutions.


About the Author

Tom Field

Tom Field

Vice President - Editorial, ISMG

Field is responsible for all of ISMG's 28 global media properties and its diverse cadre of senior-level editors and reporters. He also helped to develop and lead ISMG's award-winning Summit series that has brought together security practitioners and industry influencers from around the world, as well as ISMG's series of exclusive executive roundtables.




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