FBI shifting cybercrime focus from arrests, indictments to payment seizures, incident response

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Jan 13, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

In 2022, the FBI is looking to approach cybercrime differently.

During separate public appearances on Thursday, two FBI officials said the bureau was going to change up how it deals with computer intrusions.

“The FBI specifically is moving away from an indictment- and arrest-first model into the totality of imposing costs on our adversaries, and we’re making tremendous progress there,” said Bryan Vorndran, assistant director of the FBI’s cyber division. “There is a right time for indictments and arrests and certainly one of our goals to take players off the field. But at the end of the day, we’re a team member first before we’re prioritizing our own authorities.”

Vorndran, speaking at an event hosted by the Silverado Policy Accelerator, touted the FBI’s workforce around the country and the skills they can bring to bear.

“That decentralized workforce is a huge strength for our government, especially given the FBI statutory authorities for incident response, counterintelligence, domestic intelligence and computer intrusions,” he said. “You know, we can put a cyber-trained FBI agent on any doorstep in this country within an hour.”

The FBI’s incident response capabilities, he said, are one reason

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