via InformationWeek Government
An increase in high-profile and sophisticated cyber attacks in the United States is pushing the FBI to bolster its ability to fight cybercrime and foster stronger cybersecurity, its director told Congress this week.
The FBI has been called to investigate cyber attacks at Google and Sony in the past week, incidents that shed light on “the ever-present danger from sophisticated Internet attack,” FBI Director Robert Mueller said in testimony Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Along with countless other cyber incidents, these attacks threaten to undermine the integrity of the Internet and to victimize the businesses and people who rely on it,” he said.
The hearing, a video of which is available online, was focused on President Obama’s request to extend Mueller’s term as director until 2013. The director gave an opening statement on threats facing the intelligence organization and how it’s working to combat them, and then fielded questions from the committee.
Mueller cited cyber attacks as one of the FBI’s top challenges in the next 10 years, and said the agency needs to step up efforts to combat them, something it’s currently working on.
“The increase of cyber as a mechanism for conducting all sorts of crimes–and also it being a highway to extracting our most sensitive secrets or extracting IP from our commerce” is a key concern, he said. “We as an organization need to continue to grow the capability of addressing that arena in the future.”