FBI Dallas and Ross Perot Jr. Describe Cybersecurity Partnership

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. Cyber risk is business risk and cybersecurity is national security. Together, we can defend America’s values, ingenuity, critical infrastructure, and business equities.


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My name is Matthew DeSarno, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Dallas.

And I’m Ross Perot, Jr., chairman of the Perot Companies and Hillwood.

DeSarno: In the last few years, we’ve seen a significant increase in cyber attacks against our private sector companies, critical infrastructure, and government agencies.

Perot: A cyber breach can cause lasting harm to your business and its stakeholders, which is why partnering with your local FBI field office should be one of your top priorities.

DeSarno: The first step is getting to know your local FBI cyber team and the current threat environment.

Perot: If you haven’t already, develop a formal incident response plan, and include the FBI in that plan.

DeSarno: Next, report the compromise. Whether you experience a breach, or your team identifies something out of the ordinary, share that information early and often. You can contact your local field office day or night, or file a report at www.IC3.gov.

Perot: Remember, cyber risk is business risk. 

DeSarno: And cybersecurity is national security. Together, we can defend America’s values, ingenuity, critical infrastructure, and business equities through robust and enduring partnerships.

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