James Emerson

Lt.Col. James Emerson USMC (Ret)
Chairman, Computer Crime and Digital Evidence Committee
International Association of Chiefs of Police
United States

Lt. Colonel James J. Emerson USMC (Ret) is the COO/Managing Director at ICG, Inc. He provides management of cybercrime investigation and mitigation services for private sector victims in cooperation with public sector agencies. Mr. Emerson’s law enforcement and security background encompasses a wide spectrum of national security and public safety disciplines over 39 years with a focus on cybercrime investigation, computer forensics, and related criminal intelligence over the past 14 years.

Mr. Emerson is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 151st Session and the U.S. Navy Information System Security Management Course. He also holds numerous professional certifications in information security and computer forensics. He has presented forensic evidence and expert testimony in many federal and state civil and criminal cases over the past 13 years.

Mr. Emerson has been the Chairman of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Computer Crime and Digital Evidence Committee for over 6 years. He recently Chaired the IJIS Institute Safeguarding Data Task Force, and Co-Chaired the IJIS Institute Digital Integrity Task Force, was a member of the DOJ/BJA Global/CICC Task Team on Cyber Safety for Law Enforcement, is currently a member of the ICANN Public Safety Working Group of the Government Advisory Committee, a board member of the Society for the Policing of Cyberspace and NW3C’s new International Association of Cyber & Economic Crime Professionals (IACECP) Board of Advisors.


Is Privacy at Odds with the Information Sharing Environment?

For more than a decade, both public and private sector have worked to improve information sharing as it relates to public safety and security. Critical infrastructure protection related information sharing and more recently relevant critical information technology protection information sharing, fusion, and use of big data have come under increasing scrutiny by advocates for privacy protection and civil liberties assurance at the expanding and emerging data collection technologies as well as the back end data fusion and use. This scrutiny increasingly seeks transparency of both policy and technological detail as well as changes in oversight and legislation to ensure this agenda.

This paper and presentation seeks to broadly understand and articulate the impact this has for critical infrastructure protection and the inferences this trend makes for professional critical infrastructure planners and policymakers. It will examine key privacy focus areas, related actions, emerging legislation and potential successes stories found in addressing this issue.