FBI Director Christopher Wray wants to increase the agency’s partnerships with the private sector to improve security and deter threats by foreign adversaries such as China, Fifth Domain reported Tuesday.
Wray said any operation to defend the U.S. now requires partnerships between law enforcement and industry, particularly in protecting critical infrastructures, 90 percent of which is privately owned. He spoke during the 2019 RSA Cybersecurity Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif.
Companies can approach any FBI office in the U.S. and abroad to discuss how they can help the government deter threats and mitigate the impacts of any attack. The FBI is focused on countering foreign influence campaigns and espionage from China targeting multiple sectors such as industry and academia.
“We’re seeing an uptick in the threats from various foreign adversaries, and the blended threat, where foreign power enlists criminal hackers, essentially as mercenaries,” Wray said.