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At RSA Conference, FBI Director Discusses Cyber Threats

Today at the annual RSA computer security conference in San Francisco, Director Mueller talked about cyber threats to U.S. national security, the FBI’s role in addressing these threats, and the increasing importance of public-private sector partnerships.

 

At RSA Conference, FBI Director Discusses Cyber Threats

Mueller at RSA ConferenceToday at the annual RSA computer security conference in San Francisco, Director Mueller talked about cyber threats to U.S. national security, the FBI’s role in addressing these threats, and the increasing importance of public-private sector partnerships.

Mueller said the threats include the use of the Internet by terrorists to “grow their business and to connect with like-minded individuals.” He also touched on another national security concern—the significant challenges posed by foreign state-sponsored computer hacking and economic espionage.

The Bureau, according to Mueller, has substantial expertise to address these and other threats: “Given the FBI’s dual role in law enforcement and national security, we are uniquely positioned to collect the intelligence we need to take down criminal networks, prosecute those responsible, and protect our national security.” But we can’t do it alone, said Mueller, and our legal attaché offices around the world, FBI agents embedded in various international police departments, participation on a national cyber task force, and our regional computer forensics crime labs are examples of how we are collaborating with our partner agencies.

The Director also highlighted our InfraGard information-sharing program as a partnership with the private sector and assured conference participants that by working collectively, “we can improve cyber security and lower costs—with systems designed to catch threat actors rather than to withstand them.”

Read the full speech

Mar 01, 2012 11:00 PM