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FBI Cyber Exec Testifies on 21st Century Threats

John Boles, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Division, spoke to the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security today on the nature of the current cyber threat, our response to it, and how we are using our resources and partnerships to combat it.

Mar 13, 2013 02:00 PM

FBI Cyber Exec Testifies on 21st Century Threats

John Boles, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Division, spoke to the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security today on the nature of the current cyber threat, our response to it, and how we are using our resources and partnerships to combat it.

“We see four primary malicious actors in the cyber world: foreign intelligence services, terrorist groups, organized crime enterprises, and hacktivists,” said Boles. “With these diverse threats, we anticipate that cyber security may well become our highest priority in the years to come,” he added.

To help combat the threat—and especially to prevent attacks—the FBI launched the Next Generation Cyber Initiative last year, which allows for greater focus on intrusions, the hiring of additional computer scientists, the creation of Cyber Task Forces in each of our 56 field offices, and the expansion of partnerships—both within and outside of government.

While we are currently “engaging in an unprecedented level of intergovernmental collaboration,” Boles said, “today, the private sector is the essential partner if we are to succeed in defeating the cyber threat.”

Read Boles’ full testimony | The Cyber Threat: Planning for the Way Ahead