Meet the FBI's new top cyber cop

Meet the FBI's new top cyber cop
Meet the FBI's new top cyber cop 

By Ben Bain
June 23, 2010

As the FBI's top cyber cop, Gordon Snow is on the front lines of federal 
efforts to thwart cyber crime, espionage and potential online terrorist 

Snow, who took over as FBI assistant director in charge of the bureau's 
Cyber Division earlier this year, served in the Marine Corps for more 
than 10 years and has a master's degree in business administration and 
law degree. He has held bureau posts in Silicon Valley, Detroit and 
Afghanistan, which would seem to be the ideal background for someone in 
his position. In addition, he recently helped draft the government's 
Cyber Counterintelligence Plan while detailed to the Office of the 
Director of National Intelligence, and he has directed the bureau.s 
National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force.

But even for someone as prepared as Snow, leading the Cyber Division has 
to be a challenge. In 2009, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center 
Web site received 336,655 submissions. And cyber crime poses special 
challenges for law enforcement because online perpetrators can use 
various technologies to hide their identities. The problem is also 
inherently international, as indicated by the cyber intrusion agents 
that the FBI has stationed in foreign countries to work side by side 
with computer investigators.

Snow recently met with Federal Computer Week staff writer Ben Bain to 
talk about the challenges of cyber counterintelligence and the FBI's 
role in federal cybersecurity efforts. The following excerpt has been 
edited for length and clarity.


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