FBI Strategy to Address Cyber Threats

FBI Strategy to Address Cyber Threats

The FBI Assistant Director of the Cyber Division, Joseph M. Demarest, has made yesterday interesting statements before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism about the FBI´s strategy to address cyber-threats.

The FBI sees four primary malicious actors in the cyber world: foreign intelligence services, terrorist groups, organized criminal enterprises, and hacktivists.

The FBI recognized the significance of the cyber threat more than a decade ago and created the Cyber Division in 2002 to combat cyber-based terrorism, hostile foreign intelligence operations conducted over the Internet, and cyber crime by applying the highest level of technical capability and investigative expertise. Since then, the FBI elevated the cyber threat to its number three national priority—after only counterterrorism and counterintelligence—and significantly increased the hiring of technically trained agents, analysts, and forensic specialists.

The need to prevent attacks is also a key reason the FBI had redoubled the efforts to strengthen his cyber capabilities while protecting privacy, confidentiality, and civil liberties. The FBI’s Next Generation Cyber Initiative, launched in 2012, is an FBI-wide initiative to enhance the FBI´s ability to address the full range of cybersecurity threats to the nation. Implementation of this initiative is focused in four areas:
1. strengthening the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF);
2. expanding the Cyber Task Forces focused on intrusions in each of FBI´s 56 field offices;
3. advancing the capability of the cyber workforce and supporting enterprise infrastructure; and
4. enhancing information sharing and operational collaboration with the private sector.

In the future, the FBI will continue to strengthen the NCIJTF, which will include expediting analysis of interagency holdings and perfecting the coordination model on incident response and threat disruption operations.

Another critical element of the FBI’s success will be the restructuring and expansions of the FBI’s network of field office Cyber Task Forces (CTFs), which emulate the successful Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) model, such that each office has a robust multi-disciplinary, cross-program, and multi-agency domestic ground team to conduct cyber threat investigations and respond to significant cyber incidents.

Read the statements here:

giovedì 9 maggio 2013

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