David Ring leads the FBI Cyber Division’s private sector engagement and cyber-criminal intelligence missions.
What do you see the FBI cyber engagement program looking like in five years?
In five years, I see the FBI Cyber private sector engagement program being even more driven by sustained and substantive two-way information sharing. Government and private industry share the goals of protecting America’s critical infrastructure, people, and information. We are driven by a common interest in public safety, national security, and a desire to impose risk and consequences on those seeking to do us harm. Our success in those shared objectives requires building greater trust between government and private industry through strong relationships and mutually beneficial policy efforts.
What do people commonly misunderstand about FBI Cyber?
I think there is a misperception that if you call the FBI to report a cyber incident, we’re going to show up in a convoy of black SUVs, surround your offices in crime scene tape, and carry out your servers and equipment. Even a less extreme version of that image may prevent a company from calling the FBI or other government partners.
What every company should know is that when you notify the FBI of a cyber attack, we are coming to help. We will ask questions to assess the impact of the attack and determine what information we have in our holdings that could inform or assist with your recovery efforts. We will stay engaged with you for as long as you need us while using our unique authorities and world class capabilities to identify those behind the attack and hold them accountable
What do you love about the FBI?
The people. I work with a diverse group of talented, intelligent, and dedicated people who are relentless in their commitment to our mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution. It’s amazing to see this team use their talent and experiences to enrich our efforts and drive our work forward.