A Growing Threat
Cybercriminals are invisible enemies who jeopardize our nation’s security in increasingly sophisticated and pervasive ways. They are able to target a wide variety of digital devices including mobile phones, laptops, vehicles, and security systems.
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 more pervasive as well.
"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
"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