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National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2011

National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2011

For the eighth year in a row, October has been designated National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The goal: to reinforce the importance of protecting the cyber networks that are so much a part of our daily lives. The theme of the observance, which is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, is “Our Shared Responsibility,” reflecting the interconnectedness of our wired and wireless world and the role of all computer users in securing cyberspace. 

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There’s no doubt that the security of cyberspace is vitally important to our nation. As FBI Director Robert Mueller has said, “We live in a wired world...but our reliance on these networks also makes us vulnerable. Criminals can use the Internet to commit fraud and theft on a grand scale and to prey upon our children. Spies and terrorists can exploit our networks to steal our secrets, attack our critical infrastructure, and threaten our national security. And because the web offers near-total anonymity, it is difficult to discern the identity, the motives, and the location of an intruder.”

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- Department of Homeland Security on National Cyber Security Awareness Month website
FBI Cyber Crime Fugitives

Since the capabilities of our cyber adversaries—primarily foreign intelligence services, terrorist groups, and criminal enterprises—are at an all-time high, cyber security continues to be a top priority of the FBI. Working closely with our local, state, national, and international partners, we gather, analyze, and share intelligence…conduct investigations….and implement initiatives that promote cyber security. Here are some examples of what we’re doing to counter cyber threats:  

  • We have set up cyber squads in each of our 56 field offices, with more than 1,000 specially-trained agents, analysts, and forensic examiners running complex undercover operations and examining digital evidence.
  • The FBI-led National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF) coordinates cyber activities among 20 law enforcement and intelligence community agencies that work together to identify key cyber players and schemes. The NCIJTF operates through intelligence-driven Threat Focus Cells—groups of subject matter experts comprised of agents, officers, and analysts from different agencies who collaborate and address specific cyber threats, such as botnets.
  • To combat the theft of so-called intellectual property—creative expressions like trade secrets, proprietary products and parts, literature, music, and films—we take part in the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, or IPR Center. The center, which is hosted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), brings together 17 different U.S. federal law enforcement agencies (including the FBI, ICE, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection) charged with investigating these violations, along with global partners from Canada and Mexico.
  • FBI agents are embedded in five foreign police agencies (Estonia, the Netherlands, Romania, the United Kingdom, and Colombia) to assist with cyber investigations.  
  • We partner with industry and academia through major initiatives like InfraGard, the Internet Crime Complaint Center, and the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance.
  • Each year, we train approximately 500 foreign law enforcement officers in cyber investigative techniques.

Our cyber partnerships and joint initiatives are paying off, especially in the national security realm. In 2010, we strengthened our efforts to counter state-sponsored cyber threats, increasing the number of national security computer intrusion cases by 60 percent. But we also continue to see successes on the criminal side, arresting a record 202 individuals—including five of the world’s top cyber criminals—for computer intrusions. 

In addition to the work being done by law enforcement, you can do your part to protect cyberspace by securing your own computers and other electronic devices. Here are suggested tips on how to do that, threats to be aware of, and details on how to report cyber crimes or scams:

- Report Cyber Crime
- Get Educated on Internet Fraud
- How to Protect Your Computer
- Emerging E-Scams
- Risks of Peer-to-Peer Networks
- Safe Online Surfing Website for Kids