Security Unlocked 3.3.21
Ep 17 | 3.3.21

Digital Crimes Investigates: Counterfeit Tales

Show Notes

Digital crime-fighter Donal Keating revisits the podcast, but this time… it’s personal. *cue dramatic crime-fighting music* The Director of Innovation and Research of the Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) at Microsoft joins hosts Nic Fillingham and Natalia Godyla to regale us with the origin story of the DCU and his captivating career exploits. Whether it’s tales of his early days preventing Windows 98 counterfeits in Ireland or the many international law enforcement raids he’s participated in…there’s no shortage to Donal’s crime-fighting adventures.

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The mission of Microsoft’s DCU and the techniques used to combat fraud
  • The events and needs that led to the creation of a forensic analytic lab at Microsoft
  • How counterfeiting and intellectual property crime have evolved over the years with advanced technology
  • What it’s like partnering with law enforcement to take down criminals around the world

Some Questions We Ask:

  • What does a day in the life of Donal look like in the DCU?
  • Was there ever a counterfeit example that shocked Donal at just how good it was?
  • With so many shifts in Donal’s work, what in his background has prepared him to stay on top of the changes?
  • What does a digital crime fighter do in their time off?


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