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James Comey Highlights FBI’s Cyber Strategy at Boston Conference

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FBI Director James Comey has outlined the bureau’s five-point strategy to mitigate cyber intrusions during his speech at a forum held Wednesday at Boston College.

Comey said the bureau implemented several initiatives to boost operations and hiring practices; clarify investigative measures in U.S. and foster cooperation abroad; and sanction malicious cyber behavior, according to an FBI press release published Wednesday.

The bureau’s strategy also includes provision of training, equipment and task forces to increase the “digital literacy” of state and local partners as well as better collaboration with private sector entities.

Comey noted industry members are the primary targets of cyber attacks but majority of these organizations do not seek law enforcement support after a cyber breach.

The director added cyber criminals include nation-states, multinational syndicates, insiders, hacktivists and terrorists who are after information, access and advantage.

“We’re not only worried about loss of data, but corruption of that data and lack of access to our own information,” Comey stated.

He said that public and private sector entities can help address threats through reduced vulnerabilities, accountability and mitigation of damage.

The conference is a joint effort of FBI and Boston College’s Cybersecurity Policy and Governance master’s degree program.

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