There is an ongoing debate over the adequacy of resources spent by the federal government to investigate and prose-cute those responsible for data breaches. Some say more staff is needed as cyber-attacks and other technology-related cases sky-rocket. Others want current resources to be used more wisely.

To understand the needs, the number of law enforcement pros has to be put into context. One estimate from Edward McAndrew, who formerly prosecuted cybercrimes at two U.S. Attorneys' offices and now works for Ballard Spahr, says that approximately 350 to 400 federal prosecutors focus on cybercrimes. These can relate to national security cyber threats and/or more traditional technology-facilitated crimes, according to McAndrew.

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