I write to urge to bring to your attention a resource that can help the FBI better prpare its agents to fight the rapidly spreading, and rapidly evolving, area of cybercrime. Cybercrime, whether the perpetrator be a criminal, unscrupulous firm,terrorist or foreign entity, is a growing threat to the safety and security of all Americans. I recently learned the Federal Bureau of Investigation has not sufficiently addressed this issue and that the bureau is employing efforts to improve the situation.
According to a recent report by the Department of Justice, FBI agents tasked to investigate cybercrime and online terrorism may not possess the adequate training needed to fully protect our nation from cyber threats. Moreover, the Department of Justice report showcases a weakness in online policing capabilities.
Under the direction of Deputy Director T.J. Harrington, the Bureau outlined a number of steps it would take to improve its expertise in cybercrime. I would like to showcase an exceptional program the FBI should take advantage of in an effort to complete its improvement goals.
Utica College is home to a well developed, state-of-the-art cybersecurity intelligence program and forensic training center that has already been utilized by the U.S. Secret Service in a groundbreaking study that examined identity theft. Currently, Utica College is coordinating a strategic plan for the continued growth and development of this nationally recognized program. The plan will help position the college as a national leader for cybersecurity education, fostering more partnerships and important research.
I would like to encourage the FBI to utilize this facility and its programs as part of the plan for improving cybercrime investigations and training. I believe the Bureau and the college could form a training partnership aimed at strengthening the capabilities of the FBI cybercrime division while allowing Utica College to tailor its intelligence and forensics capabilities.
As the Bureau works to improve the investigatory capabilities within its cybercrime division, I remain fully confident in the capabilities of Utica College's Cybersecurity Training Center and hope to see a partnership evolve. I'd also like to commend the exceptionally talented agents that make up the Federal Bureau of Investigation and thank them for their service to America.
Charles E. Schumer
United States Senator