CypherCon 2022

FBI Cyber – Imposing Risk and Consequence

Supervisory Special Agent Amanda J. Knutson

Abstract:

For over a century, the FBI has been investigating crimes and collecting intelligence to protect the American public. As threats have evolved, so has our strategy. Malicious cyber activity threatens the public’s safety and our national and economic security. The FBI’s cyber strategy is to impose risk and consequences on cyber adversaries. Our goal is to change the behavior of criminals and nation-states who believe they can compromise U.S. networks, steal financial and intellectual property, and put critical infrastructure at risk without facing risk themselves. To combat these evolving threats, the FBI leverages its broad domestic and international presence, with cyber squads in every FBI field office. The FBI uses criminal and counterintelligence authorities to combat cyber criminals and foreign actors who use global infrastructure to compromise US networks. We adapt to cyber threats by using innovative investigative techniques, developing cutting-edge analytic tools, and recruiting the next generation of the cyber workforce. We use our unique role not only to pursue our own actions but also to enable our partners to defend networks, attribute malicious activity, sanction bad behavior, and take the fight to adversaries overseas.  The FBI’s cyber strategy not only focuses on how we confront the unique challenges faced in cyberspace, but also why we pursue our cyber mission: so the American people have safety, security, and confidence in a digitally connected world.

Supervisory Special Agent Amanda J. Knutson

FBI

Supervisory Special Agent Amanda J. Knutson entered the FBI in 2010 as a Special Agent and was assigned to the Los Angeles Field Office where she worked on a Cyber squad responsible for conducting both criminal and national security computer intrusion investigations. In 2016, SSA Knutson was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent and served as a Program Manager within Cyber Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. In 2018, SSA Knutson was selected and served as the Unit Chief over the Asia Cyber Operations Unit within Cyber Division. In these roles, Ms. Knutson managed several high-profile national security Cyber investigations. In 2019, SSA Knutson was selected as a Supervisory Special Agent at the Milwaukee Field Office to run the Cyber Task Force. Prior to her appointment at the FBI, SSA Knutson worked as a microbiologist in the pharmaceutical industry focused on biological quality assurance. SSA Knutson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and forensic chemistry.