Future Threats: Cyberattacks to Surpass Terrorism, Says FBI

In the new age of the Internet, cybersecurity concerns could soon outstrip terrorist threats as the main area of concern for the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), according to FBI Director Robert Mueller. Last year’s data breach at RSA, the security branch of EMC, a cloud computing firm, has led to the prospect of such attacks being taken more seriously. With government agencies and defense contractors utilizing RSA as a security solution for their networks, the breach is of the utmost concern and shows the importance of improving current security measures.

“We’re going to take our lessons learned from terrorism and apply them to cyber,” Mueller said, according to an article on http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com. “Our agents specializing in cyber will have the highest skill sets.”

By attacking the network of a company such as RSA, more than the assets and data of RSA are at risk, as everyone who utilizes their SecureID token system is at risk. In the end, the breach of RSA’s network ended up costing the company $66 million in reparations, as Lockheed Martin, one of RSA’s clients, had to reset passwords for 120,000 of their employees.

Moving forward, companies such as RSA need to improve their security measures to combat the threats presented by hostile nation states — China being one of the biggest — hacktivists such as Anonymous, organized crime, and mercenaries who hack for the highest bidder. After all, it falls on each individual company to secure networks and protect intellectual property or data that could be stolen during a cyberattack.

While individual companies must take responsibility for their own cybersecurity, the National Cyber Investigative Task Force has been created to battle this new brand of criminal in an effort to protect national assets and infrastructure. In fact, the Task Force has already met with some success after shutting down the CoreFlood botnet, which has been estimated to be responsible for at least $100 million in fraud over a 10-year period. The agency Task Force also, through the auspices of Operation GhostClick, has taken down a $14 million click fraud operation. With more resources on the way, the FBI hopes to counter even more threats to financial institutions, the defense industrial base, and manufacturers in the future.

For more information about the National Cyber Investigative Task Force and the RSA security breach, visit: http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/news/2240134949/FBI-Director-Mueller-For-US-cybersecurity-threats-will-surpass-terrorism