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FBI Appoints James Brown as Operational Technology Division’s Assistant Director

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James “Robert” Brown, former special agent in charge of the FBI's Louisville Field Office in Kentucky, was named as the assistant director of the agency's Operational Technology Division. Brown will support the division as it works to deliver technologies aimed at enabling and enhancing the intelligence, national security and law enforcement operations of the agency.

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Tonya Ugoretz: FBI Needs Industry Cooperation to Address Cyber Incidents

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Tonya Ugoretz, deputy assistant director of the FBI's cyber division, said the bureau and its industry partners need to piece together perspectives on cybersecurity incidents to prevent network attacks at agencies and companies. “The private sector holds valuable cyber threat intelligence that exists nowhere else,” Ugoretz told attendees at a virtual conference.

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FBI Director Christopher Wray Calls for Coordination to Fight Ransomware Attacks

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FBI Director Christopher Wray said the bureau was investigating approximately 100 various types of ransomware and the recent attacks on oil and meat processing companies accounted for only a fraction of those types of ransomware. He highlighted the importance of coordination between companies and law enforcement authorities in identifying those behind the attacks and finding ways to counter threat actors.

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Avril Haines Testifies at Senate Hearing on Threats Linked to Chinese Tech, Investments

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Avril Haines, director of national intelligence and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, and other U.S. intelligence leaders appeared Wednesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss the threats posed by China to the U.S. “Many countries are starting to do CFIUS-like processes. It’s another reason for why our counterparts are talking to us,” Haines told lawmakers.

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Sens. Mark Warner, Marco Rubio Want ‘Clear Leader’ to Manage Response to SolarWinds Cyber Breach

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Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the committee’s vice chairman, have called on leaders of intelligence agencies and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to designate an official to oversee the country’s response to the SolarWinds cyber incident.

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Senators Ask FBI, CISA to Provide Details Over SolarWinds Orion Compromise

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A group of six senators has called on leaders of the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to respond to several questions with regard to a cyber vulnerability involving SolarWinds’ Orion Network Management products. The letter came days after CISA issued an emergency directive directing all agencies to immediately disconnect SolarWinds Orion products versions 2019.4 to 2020.2.1 HF1. 

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Christopher Wray: FBI’s Cyber Strategy Involves Supplying Intell to DoD

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FBI Director Christopher Wray said the bureau’s new strategy for combating cyber threats will include providing intelligence to the Department of Defense (DoD) and other agencies in support of their offensive cyber operations. On Sept. 16th, Wray announced that the new FBI strategy that would “impose risk and consequences on cyber adversaries.” 

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Christopher Wray: ‘Almost Half’ of FBI’s 5K Counterintelligence Investigations Linked to China

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FBI Director Christopher Wray said China is using cyber-intrusion techniques and bribing “trusted insiders” to steal U.S. intellectual property during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wray said almost 50 percent of the FBI’s nearly 5,000 counterintelligence investigations are linked to China and that the bureau opens a China-related investigation every 10 hours.

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