FBI, This Week: Overseas Program Expands to Face Global Cyber Threat
October 27, 2016
The FBI’s program to place cyber investigators beyond America’s borders is expanding in response to an evolving cyber threat.
Mollie Halpern: The FBI’s program to place cyber investigators beyond America’s borders is expanding in response to an evolving cyber threat.
Paul Vitchock: Cyber crime has no borders. A cyber crime problem that affects one country can very easily affect another.
Halpern: That was Supervisory Special Agent Paul Vitchock, who served as a cyber assistant legal attaché, or ALAT, at the U.S. Embassy in Romania for three years. He explains why ALATs must foster relationships between countries…
Vitchock: For the purposes of preserving evidence, responding to a cyber event, assisting them with their investigations as well as asking them to assist with ours.
Halpern: The FBI provides training tailored to the needs of host countries.
Vitchock: The instructors were FBI cyber agents with field experience, so they had the ability not only to teach the material but talk about the practical applications of conducting a cyber investigation.
Halpern: The cyber ALAT program began a few years ago with only a handful of cyber ALATs. Currently, nearly 20 cyber ALATs are serving overseas in cities such as Ottawa and Tokyo. With FBI, This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.