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Global Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes

OPDAT - GLEN Network


The U.S. Transnational and High-Tech Crime Global Law Enforcement Network (GLEN) program is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (DOS/INL) and the U.S. Department of Justice, Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (DOJ/CCIPS) and Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (DOJ/OPDAT).

The GLEN is a worldwide law enforcement capacity building network of International Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (ICHIP) Attorney Advisors, computer forensic analysts (Global Cyber Forensics Advisors or GCFAs), and federal law enforcement agents who promote international cooperation and deliver training and technical assistance to foreign law enforcement, prosecutorial, and judicial partners in order to combat intellectual property and cybercrime activity, as well as to assist in the collection and use of electronic evidence to combat all types of crime, including transnational organized crime (TOC). The objective of the GLEN is to promote the rule of law and to protect Americans from criminal threats emanating from abroad by delivering targeted training to encourage both immediate assistance as well as long-term institutional change. This assistance includes training workshops, legislative review, case-based mentoring, skills-development, and promoting institutional reform, such as the formation of specialized units to address these criminal threats. Key goals include promoting accession to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime and encouraging effective use of existing tools such as the U.N. Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime and the G7 24/7 Network.

Current Status
The ICHIP program began in 2013 with a single attorney. Since that time, funding has increased to include 12 Attorney Advisors; two GCFAs; and twoAgent Advisors. Each member of the GLEN has access to funds to deliver regional training and technical assistance workshops. The GLEN consists of:

  • Twelve ICHIP Attorney Advisors located in São Paulo, Panama City, Bucharest, The Hague, Zagreb, Abuja, Addis Ababa, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and Bangkok, as well as two global subject matter experts, one specializing in Dark Web and Cryptocurrency and the other in Internet Fraud and Public Health;
  • Two GCFAs who specialize in digital forensics training; and
  • Two ICHIP Agent Advisors located in São Paulo and Bangkok.

Recent Programmatic Activities

2020 ICHIP Activities

The Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) Provides COVID-19 Related Technical Assistance to Partner Countries

Updated October 17, 2023