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Cyber Security is Everyone’s Responsibility

Cyber Security is Everyone’s Responsibility
National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2012

10/22/12

Everyone needs to be aware of their cyber security. Hackers aren’t just going after large corporations—cyber criminals are also targeting small businesses and individuals. More than 80 percent of the United States’ critical infrastructure is privately owned. Many small companies might not have the resources to deal with the threats that they are facing. In recognition of October being National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the FBI’s Washington Field Office partnered with private businesses to discuss cyber security—one of the FBI’s top priorities.

InfraGard, a national public-private partnership created by the FBI to interact with private industry, hosted the conference with the Government Technology and Services Coalition. This conference provided a forum for a discussion of cyber threats and vulnerabilities that we all face in today’s digital age.

It’s important for individual citizens and small companies to know that they don’t have to face challenging cyber issues alone. Cyber intruders and network attacks present the greatest cyber threat to our national security. Hackers steal intellectual property and trade secrets from America’s companies, universities, and government agencies, which can rob hard-working Americans of their jobs and cost businesses billions of dollars in lost revenue.

At this year’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month conference, the FBI announced the creation of a new national intellectual property rights squad, made up of special agents and analysts from the Washington Field Office. Preventing intellectual property theft is a top priority of the FBI’s cyber program, and this dedicated squad is specifically focused on the theft of trade secrets and infringements on products that can impact consumers’ health and safety, such as counterfeit aircraft, car, and electronic parts.

In 2011, with the support of the FBI and 16 other federal law enforcement agencies, the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) launched a new website—www.iprcenter.gov—to gather tips from the public on intellectual property rights violations.

To learn more about safeguarding against cyber criminals, read the related post in the FBI’s news blog. And visit the InfraGard website for more details on how to be a part of the information-sharing effort.