A strong presence on the Internet is important. It can also be dangerous. Unfortunately, not everyone you connect with has good intentions.

“Once ‘Who are you?’ was something only you could answer. Today ‘Who and where are you on the Internet?’ impacts everything from job interviews to whether or not you become a target of aggressors,” says Jeff Bedser, CEO of Internet Crimes Group (ICG), located on Lenox Drive.

Bedser will talk about the threats posed by the Internet and cybercriminals in a talk titled “Protecting Your Digital Life,” at the Princeton Chamber’s monthly membership luncheon on Thursday, July 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Princeton Marriott, 100 College Road East. Call 609-924-1776 or go to www.princetonchamber.org to register. Cost: $45 for members and $65 for non-members.

Bedser will address ways people can protect themselves based on ICG’s approach, which uses investigative techniques and methodologies to find Internet-based threats and recover lost money.

Bedser, who serves on the Security and Stability Advisory Council for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), is a former chairman of the Cyber Threats Taskforce for ASIS International, and is a member of the board of directors for the Joint Council for Information Age Crime. He sits on the board of directors for IntegriChain, a company spun-off from ICG in 2005.

A member of the editorial board for the Security Journal, an industry trade publication, Bedser provides cybercrime and computer forensic awareness training to the New York State Judiciary, and also speaks as a guest lecturer at the Criminal Justice Program at Rutgers, from which he earned his bachelor’s in computer science.

Bedser began his security management and investigation career in 1987, working for companies such as Johnson & Johnson, UJB Financial, and Merck-Medco Managed Care. He founded ICG in 2000.

In a 2007 story in E-Commerce Times, an online publication, Bedser said that when a company is exposed to a computer threat they often don’t know where to turn. He says they want to maintain control of the situation, and many feel they can’t do that if they involve government investigators.

“If they bring in government, the investigative period tends to be longer, and a perceived lack of communication from the FBI and such back to the company makes them hesitate at giving up control,” said Bedser.

“There’s more expertise in the private sector, where it’s easier for a corporation to have an instant response team of professionals who deal with these issues,” Bedser said. “They can go in, figure out what happened, clean it up, fix it, and keep the business running quicker and more effectively than calling in criminal investigators to look into the problem.”

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