A Growing Threat
Cybercriminals are invisible enemies who are jeopardizing our nation’s security in increasingly sophisticated and pervasive ways. Mobile devices have a growing role in conventional crimes as well.
AN UNBALANCED FIGHT
According to the Government Accountability Office, the United States has experienced a 1,121% increase in cybersecurity incidents, ranging from cyberbullying to financial fraud and human trafficking since 2006.
Despite this alarming trend, law enforcement agencies lack the necessary resources to develop, test, and train in the latest cybercrime-fighting tactics.
In a 2015 survey of 845 Information Technology and Information Technology security practitioners in federal, state and local governments, respondents cited “a lack of skilled personnel,” as one of the main reasons they can’t achieve a strong cybersecurity posture (State of Cybersecurity in Local, State & Federal Government, Ponemon Institute, October 2015).
There is no modern crime without a cyber component.
As the role of technology grows in our daily lives, the threat of cybercrime becomes pervasive as well.
"All manner of crimes that we don’t have the resources and time to get to are appearing for the county sheriffs, the local police departments, the local District Attorneys.
Increasingly, we’re encountering devices that we cannot get access to even with lawful authority. We need to get better at helping our state and local partners deal with the [cyber] threat."
— James B. Comey, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
"There is hardly any meaningful distinction to be made now between events in cyberspace and events in the physical world, as they are so tightly linked."
— Navy Admiral Michael S. Rogers Commander, U.S. Cyber Command
There has been a 1,121% rise in cybersecurity incidents reported by federal agencies from 2006 to 2014. These incidents could adversely affect national security and damage public health and safety.
— United States Government Accountability Office Cybersecurity: Actions Needed to Address Challenges Facing Federal Systems, 2015
"A cyber attack perpetrated by nation states or violent extremist groups could be as destructive as the terrorist attack — Leon E. Panetta, Former US Secretary of Defense