Chairman's Column 02/11/2015

Since taking office, Director Comey has emphasized the importance of building relationships with private industry. Last summer, during the FBI WMD Directorate/Interpol International Law Enforcement Critical Infrastructure Symposium in Miami, Florida, he said, “Our greatest weapon, I believe, is unity. Unity built on intelligence and interagency cooperation, and cooperation between government and private sector.

Since taking office, Director Comey has emphasized the importance of building relationships with private industry. Last summer, during the FBI WMD Directorate/Interpol International Law Enforcement Critical Infrastructure Symposium in Miami, Florida, he said, “Our greatest weapon, I believe, is unity. Unity built on intelligence and interagency cooperation, and cooperation between government and private sector. It is built on the idea that standing together, we are smarter and stronger than we are standing alone. Because no one person—no FBI agent, no police officer, no agency, no country, no company—can prevent or respond to an attack on critical infrastructure alone.” (Read his entire speech here.)

The FBI understands businesses are often the first to detect risks to our country’s infrastructure and economy and we are committed to creating opportunities for meaningful dialogue with the private sector to discuss security issues and identify new threat trends.  This is critical to the Bureau’s overarching mission of protecting the nation’s people and its interests.

We must improve our understanding of U.S. industry and increase our engagement in order to have meaningful, valuable relationships with our private sector partners.  The transition of the Domestic Security Alliance Council is one vehicle toward this goal. DSAC currently partners with over 300 member companies, fostering relationships between FBI personnel and corporate Chief Security Officers, Chief Information Security Officers, and other decision-makers.

DSAC's next chapter will build upon the existing relationships, expertise, and capabilities of the FBI, DHS, and the private sector to add value for all stakeholders. In the coming months, we’re going to roll out the following enhancements:

  • An Incident Response Plan with 24/7/365 coverage
  • A Private Sector Security Clearance Process Guide
  • A new sector-based model for managing our relationship with DSAC members
  • An expedited membership Application Process
  • Improved communications, including a redesigned Web site and membership portal

Thank you for your continued partnership. Together, we look forward to building upon previous accomplishments as we work together to protect our country and its interests from those who would do it harm.   

Andrew J. Castor is the FBI's Deputy Associate Deputy Director and oversees the management of all FBI personnel, budget, administration, and infrastructure. Prior to his assignment in the Director's Office, Mr. Castor served as Deputy Assistant Director.

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