Bryan A. Vorndran is the assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Division.
What do you do during a typical day?
My day typically begins by briefing the FBI director and deputy director on the current cyber threat, including new intelligence and ongoing domestic and international operations. The rest of my day is focused on mentoring and coaching, recruiting, making the FBI’s engagement with victims as meaningful as possible, planning joint and sequenced operations with interagency and private-sector partners, and strategic communications. I try to leave the office in time to spend an hour or two at home with our children before their bedtimes. This time with them keeps me centered and reminds me daily of the most important things in my life.
What do you see the FBI cyber engagement program looking like in five years?
The expansiveness and velocity of the cyber threat requires all hands to be on deck, at all times. The continued engagement of both the public and private sector is extremely important for the collective safety and security of the American public. Over the last year, we’ve been repeating the messages that cyber risk is business risk and cyber security is national security. I think those statements are a good reminder of our collective responsibility and why it matters so much.
What drives you?
I am driven by my family and those who came before me in the FBI. My family has sacrificed a lot to afford me the opportunity to serve in this position, and I want to do it to the very best of my ability. Separately, thousands of people came before me in the FBI and almost every one of them believed in something bigger than themselves. I want to do my part to continue building trust between the FBI and the American people.