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60 Proceedings Winter 2014 – 2015 www.uscg.mil/proceedings information to state, local, tribal, and territorial authorities. While engagement with all critical infrastructure sectors is actively taking place, the FBI's Cyber Division focuses frst on those sec- tors deemed most critical to our national secu- rity — energy, fnance, technology, telecommuni- cations, healthcare, and transportation (including maritime). Several entities within the FBI operate these strategic-level information sharing partner- ships. InfraGard, a partnership between the FBI and the private sector, and the cyber task force agents remain at the forefront of the outreach programs in each feld offce for cyber matters. At FBI headquarters, several units, not only in the Cyber Division, but throughout headquar- ters, conduct critical liaison and outreach to build Building Agility to Outpace Cyber Adversaries The FBI launched the Cyber Division in 2003, which has since continued to grow and adapt to an ever-evolving threat. The FBI, in fact, elevated the cyber threat to its number-three national priority, after counterterrorism and counterintelli- gence. With this type of growth comes the need for specially trained personnel, and the bureau is hiring technically trained agents, analysts, computer scientists, and forensic specialists. Through its liaisons with law enforcement, private industry, and academia, and through initiatives like the Domestic Security Advisory Council, InfraGard, 1 and the National Cyber Investiga- tive Joint Task Force, the FBI is making partnerships and training a top priority. With the bureau's cyber threat operational tempo increasing at warp speed, the need for immediate awareness and information sharing necessitated standing up a 24/7 cyber operations center. Cyber Watch now serves as the FBI cyber program's operations center for intrusion response operations and provides imme- diate connectivity to U.S. government cyber centers and FBI legal attachés (LEGATS) stationed around the world, as well as our public and private sector partners. When an event requires response, the FBI maintains cyber action teams that can be deployed around the world on a moment's notice to assist in computer intrusion cases and gather vital intelligence that help identify the cyber crimes that are most dangerous to our national security and to our economy. Our cyber-specific LEGAT program also is rapidly growing, with agents now stationed in numerous embassies overseas to liaise with law enforcement partners. Moving assets closer to the problem helps speed information fow and facilitate information sharing to deter rapidly developing cyber threats. Endnote: 1. InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and the private sector. It is an asso- ciation of persons who represent businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the U.S. See https:// www.infragard.org/. The Strategic Information and Operations Center at FBI headquarters is the 24/7 command post that monitors FBI operations and law enforce- ment activities around the globe. Photo courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I d e n t i f y , P u r s u e , D e f e a t "Our Cyber Division motto is, Identify/Pursue/Defeat, and as we continue to engage threats in the cyber arena, it will be our ability to adapt, train, prepare, share, and respond effectively that will keep our nation, our economy, and our citizens safe." — FBI Cyber Division Assistant Director Joseph Demarest