The FBI’s Cyber Crime Division’s latest program, called the “Next Generation Cyber Initiative,” should enable an advanced rapid response to isolate and address cyber threats.
The initiative consists of a team of specially selected and highly trained computer scientists that can work around the clock to respond to issues any time of the day or night.
Any findings can immediately go to the FBI’s Cyber Division for review and dissemination to other agencies. The main goal is to identify problems and identify the source and motivation behind the particular attack. The target is criminals, spies, terrorists, and hackers attempting to compromise national security.
This project has been in the works for over a year and is part of the efforts to adapt the FBI’s Cyber Division to the needs posed by today’s highly sophisticated cyber threats. The FBI is also expanding its resources and adding personnel.
Proactive efforts to strengthen national security against cyber threats provide a significant step in the right direction. Threats from cyber space are present around the clock and having a dedicated team to combat these threats and coordinate appropriate responses is paramount to keeping the country safe.