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October 24, 2020 44 min
Eric Strom is the Unit Chief of the Mission Critical Engagement Unit, Cyber Division. In this role, Mr. Strom oversees the FBI Cyber Division’s private sector outreach efforts to the 16 critical infrastructure sectors, forging partnerships with companies in those sectors to develop and share threat intelligence related to activities by sophisticated criminal organizations as well as nation-state actors. Notes Eric has been with the FBI for 21 years, since June 1999 Originally a lawyer practicing criminal defense and civil defense, then went to non-profit Early on in the FBI, they had to do a lot of workarounds. Cyber wasn't so straightforward 56 Field offices were all doing something different, then became consolidated centrally as a service organization Quotes "Now, it's funny. None of us really had a traditional cyber background. Tom started out his career as a geologist, and Keith actually started out selling, like, furniture. He was a salesman." "But, I mean, from the legal standpoint, you've got third-party liability and other things. So we really had to walk a kind of a tight rope when it came to what types of malware we were infecting ourselves with. And then how far we'd let it go." "And so as we're taking it over, it was really interesting to sit behind one of the malware analysts and watch a Wireshark and watch the instructions coming out. I crossed the wire. It was really cool. And when it really kind of sunk in, because to me, it was like a tangible thing. I can actually see it happening as it was going on." "It's (cybersecurity) probably the most rewarding thing you'll ever do in your life." Links FBI: Intro Music: Outro Music: Getting Into Infosec Breaking IN: A Practical Guide to Starting a Career in Information Security: T-Shirts, Mugs, and more: Stay in touch and sign up for sneak peeks, updates, and commentary: Ayman on Twitter: See for privacy information.
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