Byron Franz is a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and has worked national security matters for over 22 years. He currently serves on FBI Milwaukee’s Cyber Squad, where one of his responsibilities is to raise awareness of cyber and insider threats to business, academia, and state/local governments. He is FBI-certified to conduct cyber investigations and rated as proficient to work counterintelligence investigations by the U.S. Intelligence Community. He holds a B.A. in Russian and a law degree, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
System Administrators, information security professionals, and ethical hackers are often the first line of defense in protecting U.S. companies and public institutions from cyberattacks. However, there are local, state, and federal resources available to assist in mitigating and investigating a cyber incident. Presidential Policy Directive 41 (PPD-41) established the FBI as the lead federal agency for cyber threat response activities in the U.S. How does the FBI conduct this threat response? This presentation will discuss various cyber threats to U.S. institutions, seek to dispel various myths about the FBI’s cyber efforts, and seek to clarify what an institution can expect when contacting the FBI to report a computer intrusion, ransomware attack, or other incident. Special Agent Franz will also discuss the vital importance in IT professionals both reporting IOCs to the FBI and considering applying for an FBI Special Agent, Intelligence Analyst, or related position to bolster the U.S.’ national cyber defense capabilities.