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Director Comey on the Cyber Threat

FBI Director James Comey spoke to a group of cyber security industry professionals at the RSA Conference in San Francisco today, continuing and furthering the dialogue established by his predecessor, Robert S. Mueller, on behalf of the Bureau.

Feb 26, 2014 06:00 PM

Director Comey on the Cyber Threat


FBI Director James Comey spoke to a group of cyber security industry professionals at the RSA Conference in San Francisco today, continuing and furthering the dialogue established by his predecessor, Robert S. Mueller, on behalf of the Bureau.

While Comey stressed the increasingly dire nature and expanding scope of the cyber threat, he also reaffirmed the FBI’s commitment to combating it with the help of our federal, state, local, and international partners. But he acknowledged that tackling this issue requires more than these collaborations. “We can’t do what we need to do without our private sector partners,” he told the audience. “You are the primary victims of the evolving cyber threat. But you are also the key to defeating it.”

Comey addressed issues of concern for many, including the perceived conflict between protecting national security and preserving privacy and civil liberties, as well as the need for companies to protect their proprietary information, data, and competitive advantage. He also described existing and forthcoming initiatives and partnerships that facilitate information sharing between the government and private sector, emphasizing the importance of the joint responsibility to stop threats before they become problems.

“When it comes to cyber security, you have the technical expertise, the infrastructure, and the innovation,” Comey told the group. “We have the intelligence and law enforcement capabilities and the global presence. We are each playing to our strengths. But even that isn’t enough. We’ve got to play as a team.”

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