February 17

Security Catalyst 18 (In the Trenches Interview with FBI Special Agent Jim Beane)

I am pleased to offer you Security Catalyst 18, an “In the trenches” edition that focuses on Cyber and Homeland Security. The current belief is that 85% or more of our critical infrastructure that needs to be protected is owned and operated by the private sector. So how do we effectively share information with the government and what should we be doing to protect ourselves? This show is geared for anyone interested in Homeland Security – especially if you want to make a difference.

One program available to US citizens and companies is Infragard – the joint partnership between the FBI and corporations to foster that cooperation. I recently was able to interview Special Agent Jim Beane, from the Albany, NY Division about his experience in the FBI as it related to cybercrime, homeland security and InfraGard.

Special Agent Beane candidly shares some insights about the value of sharing information, as well as dispells some myths and provides important information on how we can better help in the effort to secure cyberspace and protect our homeland.

If you have questions about membership in InfraGard or cybercrime that were not addressed, please send me an email to securitycatalyst@gmail.com and I will work to get them answered for you.

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Here are some notes and links from this episode

InfraGard – Guarding the Nation’s Infrastructure

To Join InfraGard

To report an cyber-related complaint — Internet Crime Complaint Center


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  1. One of the questions I would have loved to ask Special Agent Beane has to do with kiddie DoS attacks. Anyone who has ever used IM / Chat clients like Yahoo, AOL or MSN for any length in time has probably been on the receiving end of one of those (usually dubbed as ‘booting’). Using agent Beanes previous illustration in regards to a merchant losing 300 or 400 hundred dollars as a result of Internet fraud not being significant, would it be just as important to report attacks of this nature verses simply blowing it off being thankful that the individual wasn’t targeted by something more sinister like an computer intrusion expert (black hat hacker)?

    I beleive there is growing misconception that the ‘booting’ practice is no big deal since it’s so wide spread and the tools to carry out these attacks are so widely available that people are simply just not educated that what they are doing (even if it’s to fulfill a bible commandment for example ‘an eye for an eye’) is just as illegal as breaking into a computer or network and could possibly get them in trouble criminally.

    I think once we address this concern, people who are otherwise law abiding citizens will think twice before obtaining and putting to use these destructive applications.

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