Business and Industry: Partners in Our Cyber Mission

The FBI’s Cyber mission is to impose risk and consequences on our cyber adversaries through our unique authorities and world-class investigative capabilities.

The success of that mission depends on partnerships--those we have with law enforcement and intelligence agencies worldwide and those we have and continue to build with the private sector. Our private sector partners play an integral role in defending against a cyber threat that no one agency can face alone.

In the last few years, we’ve seen a significant increase in cyber attacks against our private sector companies, critical infrastructure, and government agencies. With supply chain attacks, intellectual property theft, and ransomware attacks, the stakes could not be higher.

Together, we can get ahead of the threat and make an impact on our cyber adversaries.

Learn more about the FBI's Cyber Strategy (pdf)

Profiles in Partnership

Mike McPherson, special agent in charge of FBI Tampa, and Jason Mayor, director of technology risk and assurance for Raymond James Financial, discuss how they work together to defend the country's critical infrastructure.

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Matthew DeSarno, special agent in charge of FBI Dallas, and Ross Perot, Jr., chairman of the Perot Companies and Hillwood, discuss how they work together to defend the country's critical infrastructure.

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What Businesses Should Know

Protect Your Business

Cyber risks are business risks. A network intrusion can cause lasting harm to your organization and its stakeholders. It can also affect your reputation, your people, and even your community. No single entity can address the range of cyber threats alone, which is why partnering with your local FBI field office should be one of your business priorities.

Understand Common Risks and Crimes

  • Ransomware can disrupt business operations and cost millions.
  • Data breaches can reveal trade secrets, proprietary material, and costumer data.
  • Third party systems can be a vector for malware.
  • Business email compromise takes advantage of the way we do business today and can result in huge financial losses.
  • Spoofing and phishing schemes are one of the most common ways individuals within an organization are tricked into providing sensitive information, downloading damaging code, or allowing criminals access to their systems.

Make a Plan. Report an Incident.

  • Get to know your local FBI team and the current threat environment.
  • Make a formal incident response plan that includes the FBI.
  • Report a compromise to your local field office or online at ic3.gov.

Why Partnerships Matter

Partnering with the FBI can help your company better understand the current risk environment and enhance our response in the event of a cyber-attack.

At the FBI, we take proactive steps to ensure our partners have the information they need. When the FBI is engaged before an incident, we can equip your organizations with the best FBI point of contact to form a response plan. If an incident occurs, the FBI serves as a force multiplier, enhancing and amplifying cyber initiatives. We can also simplify recovery efforts by functioning as a gateway to a rich network of resources for additional support.

When the FBI is called to support entities that are victim to a cyber attack, it is our promise to treat those entities with dignity and respect, protect their privacy and data, and rigorously adhere to the U.S. constitution, applicable laws, regulations, and policies. We will focus on the matter at hand, without wavering, and seek the specific evidence we need for prosecution and justice.

Rapid reporting to the FBI also helps us make a greater impact on the threat landscape. It improves our ability to gather the intelligence and evidence we need to investigate cyber criminals. Your work with us helps us impose consequences and prevent future attacks on your organization and others.

More Ways to Partner with Us


InfraGard members represent businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other entities. The goal is to share information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the U.S. There are nearly 80 local chapters.

The Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC) links the U.S. government and U.S. private industry to enhance communication and the timely and effective exchange of security and intelligence information.

National Defense Cyber Alliance (NDCA) brings together experts from the U.S. government and cleared defense contractors to share threat intelligence.

National Cyber Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA) has become a model for how law enforcement, private industry, and academia can share resources, strategic information, and threat intelligence to identify and stop cyber threats.


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