A Techwise Conversation With Steve Chabinsky of the FBI’s Cyber Division

BY STEVEN CHERRY // MON, DECEMBER 12, 2011

Let’s start with a quote: The “cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation.”

That’s not a statement from the computer trade press, trying to sell copies of a magazine; it’s not coming from a security company trying to get you to upgrade your antivirus software. That came from President Barack Obama.

Here’s another: “Some of the most critical threats facing our nation today emanate from the cyber realm. We’ve got hackers out to take our personal information and money,spies who want to steal our nation’s secrets, and terrorists who are looking for novel ways to attack our critical infrastructure.”

That was said by Shawn Henry, executive assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, at an information systems security conference held last month in Baltimore. In that speech, he noted that the FBI has a cybersquad in each of its 56 field offices and that more than 1000 agents and analysts have received special training related to cybersecurity.

Bringing it all together, there’s a special FBI Cyber Division. My guest today, Steve Chabinsky, is the Cyber Division’s deputy assistant director

This interview was recorded 15 November 2011.
Segment producer: Barbara Finkelstein; audio engineer: Francesco Ferorelli
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