For Immediate Release
FBI National Press Office
Statement on the Sentencing of Former IT Contractor Joseph
Security Division Assistant Director, Charles S. Phalen
Jr., today said:
with any IT Systems Administrator, whether in government
or private business, Joseph T. Colon was granted a substantial
level of trust. He betrayed that trust.
sentencing of Mr. Colon represents the final chapter to
this case. The government's decision to prosecute Mr. Colon
was based on his criminal conduct through his covert and
unauthorized access to information in FBI computers. It
was a crime that Mr. Colon pled guilty to in March, 2006.
case demonstrates that the FBI takes internal security seriously.
Once we identified the breach of security, we took quick
and appropriate action to neutralize its impact.
the past few years we have taken numerous measures to address
Information Security. For example, we established the Information
Assurance Section (IAS) within the Security Division to
create a robust information security program. The IAS provides
a foundation for safeguarding the FBI's information by evolving
information assurance security policies, procedures, technologies,
and training into a comprehensive, and proactive security
program. The IAS' approach is to improve security awareness,
aggressively monitor FBI systems, conduct threat and vulnerability
assessments, establish an information technology incident
response capability, deploy layered access controls, and
harden system defenses. Additionally, we have introduced
mandatory annual Information Security Awareness training
for all employees and contractors."
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