Thursday, November 1, 2018 (11:00 – 12:00)
Homeland Security Investigations
Biography: Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Ryan Landers supervises the Cyber Crime Investigations Task Force (C2iTF) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, office. SSA Landers previously served as the Cyber Crime Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Cyber Policy at DHS Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The C2iTF is currently comprised of several federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in a unified effort to combat the exploitation of the internet for criminal purposes. The C2iTF’s primary responsibilities include the interdiction of Darknet supplied contraband, including fentanyl and other dangerous drugs from China and other international sources of supply; the disruption and dismantlement of transnational drug trafficking organizations, including cyber-enabled clandestine laboratories responsible for the manufacturing and distribution of drugs via the Darknet and Clearnet; the investigation of the misuse of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to launder illicit drugs and other criminal proceeds; and other traditional cyber crimes, including cyberstalking, business email compromises, and the digital theft of export-controlled data and intellectual property.
SSA Landers has been a criminal investigator with several U.S. law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General (DOJ/OIG),, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Homeland Security Investigations (DHS/HSI) for the last 17 years. During SSA Landers’ career, he has conducted a broad scope of criminal investigations, including but not limited to rape, death, larceny, narcotics, explosives, firearms, public corruption, money laundering, illegal exports, Darknet smuggling, and weapons of mass destruction.