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FBI Likely to Get More Cybercrime Agents

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December 15, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire, Personnel
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The FBI is one of a handful of U.S. agencies tasked with investigating computer crimes and one of the many roadblocks that has stood in the way of more successful cases and prosecutions is a lack of resources, mostly in the form of trained agents. It looks like the bureau will be getting the money in 2012 to hire more agents for its cybercrime unit, but the 14 new agents included in next year’s budget still aren’t nearly enough to address the full scope of the problem in the U.S., let alone globally.

In its budget request to Congress, the FBI has asked for $166.5 million–or $18.6 million more than 2011–for its efforts to investigate and fight computer crimes. Much of the increase is earmarked for new personnel, specifically 42 new positions, including 14 special agents. There also is money meant to be used for training and other functions within the cybercrime unit. In his statement to Congress in April regarding the necessity of the new agents and the extra money, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller said that the bureau needs the money and agents to help coordinate its operations with other U.S. and international agencies that also fight cybercrime.

via Threat Post, continued here.