The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned that the day cyber security threats replaces terrorism as a higher threat in the US may come sooner than anticipated.
During his speech at the RSA Cyber Security Conference, Robert Mueller emphasised the point that despite counter terrorism measures remaining at the top of his agency's priority list, the foreseeable future is likely to witness the rise of cyber terrorism as a much bigger threat than real life terrorism.
He also stated that the FBI is anticipating this rising cyberspace threat and is making all the necessary preparations to tackle the problem adequately. According to him, the lesson learned by the agency so far from fighting terrorism could prove to be vital for tackling cyber threats effectively.
"We are creating a structure whereby a cyber agent in San Francisco can work in a virtual environment with an agent in Texas, an analyst in Virginia, and a forensic specialist in New York to solve a computer intrusion that emanated from Eastern Europe," Mueller claimed, as reported by PC Mag.
He also appealed to the RSA attendees to step up and help the agency in its mission to come down heavily on cyber threats.