FBI Partnerships and the Office of Private Sector
Leaders in the private sector and the FBI describe the need to work as partners. The FBI's Office of Private Sector builds, enhances, and supports strategic relationships with private industry and academia to protect economic and national security.
Roger Staubach, retired Hall of Fame quarterback, Dallas Cowboys: Hello, I'm Roger Staubach and I love the FBI. The private sector is America's engine for advancement and prosperity.
Successful businesses drive growth, create jobs, and promote economic strength and stability because economic security greatly impacts national security.
Michael Sullivan, assistant director, FBI Office of Private Sector: The FBI's Office of Private Sector works to provide one voice for the FBI connecting industry leaders and FBI professionals to address emerging threats facing the private sector.
The FBI's Office of Private Sector builds, enhances, and supports strategic relationships between the FBI, private industry, and academia.
Kelly Johnstone, vice president and CSO, Coca-Cola: We are in over 200 countries in the world, and, so, wherever I go, anywhere, I can always call on the FBI office. I can always get them to help me with whatever threat I'm facing. To work with them and their knowledge of that industry and the threats really does help us stay up to speed. I call it our secret sauce.
Christopher Wray, FBI Director: Economic espionage now dominates the FBI's counterintelligence programs, which means that more than ever the adversary's targets are your assets, your ideas, your innovation, your R&D, your technology. Those of you in the private sector are going to be confronting these kinds of problems more and more often, more and more urgently with each passing day.
Johnny Starrunner, unit chief, Office of Private Sector: OPS facilitates bilateral information sharing between the private sector and the FBI, disseminating appropriate FBI analytical products in a timely manner to private sector entities.
Sullivan: We develop tools to facilitate those relationships and create opportunities to share information.
Christopher D. Roberti, U.S. Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber tries to be the connective tissue between the government and the private sector. Having one place that we can call, and get answers, or get directed to the appropriate resources has been extremely helpful both to us but also to our members. And as an external organization, it is phenomenally important to have a resource like that at our disposal.
John Sharp, chancellor, Texas A&M University: We have regular communication, and coordination with the FBI. The FBI identifies a foreign research lab that was a threat to our national security. And as a result of that timely information, we were able to terminate the relationship with that particular organization.
The FBI provides our senior leadership with regular threat briefings that are extremely important to securing all of our research, it's a huge asset to our university's security.
Sullivan: The Domestic Security Alliance Council is a partnership intended for security executives from Fortune 1000 companies. DSP will continue to provide the FBI with a vehicle for focused engagement with the U.S. business community.
Director Wray: The more a company engages with us about what we're worried about and what threats they're seeing, the more we can leverage each other for a common defense.
Chris Davis, chief security officer, NASCAR: We partner with the FBI pretty much daily, weekly, for sure. We collaborate on a lot of different strategies. There's a lot of information and intelligence being shared that really allows us from a NASCAR perspective, particularly security, to be our very best on behalf of our fans, our drivers, our team owners, our employees, they deserve our best.
Rachel Rojas, special agent in charge, FBI Jacksonville: Daytona, which is a large area, and as more people are coming in that means more problems, more threats, more challenges, and that's where the private sector relationship is critical because without the private sector partnerships we would never be as successful because in order to prevent crime and terrorists you can't do it alone.
Gretchen Burrier, unit chief, Office of Private Sector: I would say that strengthening partnerships with America's most innovative companies supports the FBI in identifying threats as well as its mission to protect the American people and the U.S. economy. This is what we want and need to do.
John F. Bennett, special agent in charge, FBI San Francisco: Strengthening partnerships that is not just something that is on paper, that is something that we live and breathe here in San Francisco. They have great sensors out beyond what we can see in the federal government, private companies do. And to be able to have the trust to ask them what those sensors are seeing, that is a game changer for us.
Larry Wansley, director of security, Dallas Cowboys: Our partnership with the FBI is exceptional and it's, quite frankly, it's needed because our nation, our security, our safety, our wellbeing depends so much on it.
Our corporate assets are people, very, very high profile, they are subject to threats, all kinds of nefarious criminal enterprises and attempts and scams, you name it. A lot of the things that happen with us we immediately coordinate with the FBI.
Sullivan: The InfraGard program provides a vehicle for public-private collaboration with the U.S. government to expedite the timely exchange of information. InfraGard has chapters across the United States each dedicated to contributing industry specific insight and advancing national security.
OPS works to enhance the FBI's understanding of the private sector's risks and needs, and to increase information sharing with the longstanding goal of mutually beneficial partnerships.
Brenda McAdoo, special agent, FBI Dallas: As Private Sector Coordinator I’m here to listen to a corporation's concerns, help them identify risk, and then through partnerships mitigate those risks.
Start your partnership today by calling your local field office and asking for the Private Sector Coordinator.
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