Incident & Breach Response , Managed Detection & Response (MDR) , Security Operations

FBI Flash Alerts: How Can They Be Improved?

Special Agent Dan Wierzbicki on Cyber Threat Education

In recent months, the FBI has been more frequently issuing "flash alerts" about emerging cyber threats because it wants to "get information out as fast as possible," says Dan Wierzbicki, an FBI special agent in Chicago.

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Wierzbicki acknowledges some of these alerts, such as one about ways to mitigate risks associated with CEO fraud, have been criticized by some security experts as lacking in appropriate detail, and he welcomes feedback. "Companies that are seeing this [cyber threat] activity ... might have different suggestions or better suggestions than what we provide," he says.

In a video interview at Information Security Media Group's recent Chicago Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit, Wierzbicki also discusses:

  • Why CEO fraud and ransomware are top-of-mind for law enforcement;
  • How organizations can submit feedback and suggestions about threat intel and cyber risk advice; and
  • Why sharing threat information with law enforcement in a timely way is so important in the battle against cybercrime.

Wierzbicki is a supervisory special agent within the criminal and national security cyber investigations division at the FBI's Chicago office.

About the Author

Tracy Kitten

Tracy Kitten

Former Director of Global Events Content and Executive Editor, BankInfoSecurity & CUInfoSecurity

Kitten was director of global events content and an executive editor at ISMG. A veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she covered the financial sector for over 10 years. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2010, she covered the financial self-service industry as the senior editor of ATMmarketplace, part of Networld Media. Kitten has been a regular speaker at domestic and international conferences, and was the keynote at ATMIA's U.S. and Canadian conferences in 2009. She has been quoted by, ABC News, and MSN Money.

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