That's precisely what
Deputy Assistant Director Keith Lourdeau, FBI Cyber Division, addressed
on 2/24 before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology,
and Homeland Security.
The Topic? Virtual
Threat, Real Terror: Cyberterrorism in the 21st Century.
The Witnesses? Besides
Mr. Lourdeau, Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Malcolm; Director
Amit Yoran, Department of Homeland Security's National Cybersecurity Division;
author Dan Verton; and Chief Information Security Officer Howard Schmidt
The Problem? The
fact is, the interconnectedness of the Internet with national infrastructure
systems has created a whole new landscape to commit crimes, and a whole
new set of tools to commit them -- a fact that terrorists and criminals
are just beginning to understand.
That's why the FBI --
with its state, local, federal, international, and private sector partners
-- is working to get out in front of plots and schemes that are still in
their formation stages. Awful things, too -- such as using Internet tools
to launch cyber attacks on infrastructure systems in tandem with physical
attacks... potentially paralyzing a city, a region, even the nation.
The Solution? Of
course intelligence development AND intelligence sharing goes to the heart
of the solution. Mr. Lourdeau talks a lot about that, and about the FBI
cyber programs that enable us to both gather intelligence and share it.
pot/nets and undercover operations,
task forces in all field offices,
cyber investigative support,
cyber assistance teams, cyber action teams,
cyber intelligence center,
tactical analytical case support, and, of course,
program of "cyber investigators training" to
bring as many law enforcement officers here and
around the world up to speed on this state-of-the-art
and constantly evolving field as fast as possible.