[ISN] FBI streamlines operations

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Date: Tue Dec 11 2001 - 21:54:53 PST

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    December 10, 2001
    The FBI is taking steps to eliminate duplication of effort in its
    cybercrime investigation programs, rolling 11 existing units into four
    new divisions.
    A new Cybercrime Division will be integrated with the bureau's
    Criminal Investigation Division. Ruben Garcia Jr., the new executive
    assistant director for criminal investigations, will lead the effort.  
    The three other divisions that will manage the bureau's major areas of
    responsibility will be Counterterrorism/Counterintelligence, Law
    Enforcement Services and Administration.
    The changes are the first step in a larger U.S. Department of Justice
    reorganization that's designed to help federal law enforcement
    officials wage the war against terrorism more efficiently.
    The new FBI cybercrime division may be good news for U.S. companies,
    said Harris Miller, president of the Arlington, Va.-based Information
    Technology Association of America. The National Infrastructure
    Protection Center (NIPC) and the FBI's InfraGard program "do not have
    the investigative focus" that's needed, he said. InfraGard is a
    cybercrime security initiative designed to improve cooperation between
    federal law enforcement officials and the private sector.
    "NIPC is more centered on gathering information and disseminating it
    to help head off possible cybercrimes. InfraGard is centered on
    educating businesses that do not understand the dangers of and
    appropriate actions to protect against cybercrimes," Miller said.
    There has been no specific mention of what, if any, changes might be
    made to the role of the NIPC, which is an arm of the FBI. But Ron
    Dick, the organization's director, has repeatedly dismissed calls by
    critics to make the NIPC independent of the FBI. The bureau is the
    only government agency that has the legal and constitutional authority
    to conduct certain activities that would benefit the NIPC, Dick said.
    "Looking at the government's infrastructure-protection efforts from a
    legal authorities perspective, you can better see why the NIPC is
    housed within the Department of Justice at the FBI," said Dick,
    speaking in September at the annual InfoWarCon conference in
    Washington. "Being inside the FBI gives the NIPC access to law
    enforcement, intelligence, counterintelligence and open-source
    information that for privacy and civil rights reasons is unavailable
    in its aggregate to any other federal agency."
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