FBI Lacking In Expertise To Investigate Cyber Attacks on U.S.


Many FBI agents assigned to an elite cyber investigative unit lack the skills needed to investigate cases of cyberespionage and other computerized attacks on the U.S. says a Justice Department inspector general’s report quoted by the Christian Science Monitor. The U.S. is under increasing cyberattack, with 5,499 known intrusions into U.S. government computer systems in 2008 alone, a 40 percent jump from 2007.

More than a third of agents in various FBI field offices told the inspector general “that they lacked the networking and counterintelligence expertise to investigate national security [computer] intrusion cases.” “There are about 1,000 security people in the U.S. who have the specialized security skills to operate at world-class levels in cyberspace – we need 10,000 to 30,000,” Jim Gosler, founding director of the CIA’s Clandestine Information Technology Office, told the private Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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