FBI’s Top Cyber Official Discusses Threat

FBI.gov recently sat down with Shawn Henry to talk about the cyber threat and his FBI career. More at: http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2012/march/shawn-henry_032712

Transcript: In the past, in the physical world when somebody would rob a bank, the pool of suspects is limited to the number of people in the general vicinity of that bank.

Today when a bank is robbed digitally, virtually, although it is very real for the victims, the money is actually gone; the pool of suspects is limited to the number of people on the face of the earth that have a laptop and an internet connection, because anybody with an internet connection potentially can attack any other computer that’s tied to the network. So the barrier of entry is relatively low.

I think that going forward, this is not going away. I mean, we are not backing away from the internet. We are not going to change technology.

As technology increases, this challenge becomes greater so when I started the threat was really to networks–mostly corporate networks–but since that time we moved into laptops and wireless laptops and then more recently into personal devices, whether it be smart phones, blackberries — those sorts are devices that allow access to the network anytime, everywhere. More at: http://www.fbi.gov/news/videos/fbis-top-cyber-official-discusses-threat