The FBI sharpens its focus on collaboration among US and foreign government agencies and the private sector. It will acting as a central hub to deal with cybersecurity threats.
Last week, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a joint announcement about the potential threat that foreign-backed online journals pose in spreading misinformation ahead of the crucial 2020 US presidential election. This alert, intended to raise public awareness based on government intelligence, reflects a new strategic direction by the FBI to work with partners across the federal landscape to better protect the American public and its allies from cyber threats.
“It’s a complex threat environment where our greatest concerns involve foreign actors using global infrastructure to compromise US networks,” Tonya Ugoretz, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Division said during a conference at Auburn University’s McCrary Institute organized to debut the Bureau’s new strategy.
Ugoretz said that among the many factors the FBI must now juggle in dealing with cyber threats are:
- The increased attack surfaces stemming from widespread work-at-home arrangements due to the COVID-19 crisis
Attackers’ growing willingness to exploit the increased vulnerabilities the wider attack surface make possible
The increase in availability of tools that threat actors use to launch attacks
Growth in the number of both criminal and nation-state threat actors.