If crime evolves, security forces must evolve. And due to its nature, cyber crime matches within the action range of the FBI. Even more, Internet is involved in every activity of our lives and crime too. Terrorism, drugs traffic or illegal migration can be fight from the cyberspace. While county police is absolutely inoperant against cyber criminals, FBI has agents and knowledge to enforce law in the cyberspace. Now, the Federal Bureau of Investigation launches a campaign to engage with a number of experts in digital security, the same way it was made since its foundation for other areas of expertise, such as forensics, chemistry or even mathematics.
The FBI already has a lengthy track record fighting cyber crimes. In June, the FBI announced its role in the multinational effort to disrupt the GameOver Zeus botnet, believed to be responsible for the theft of millions of dollars from businesses and around the world. A month earlier, the FBI announced charges against distributors of malicious software that infected millions of computers. Forty FBI field offices executed more than 100 search warrants and seized more than 1,900 domains used by Blackshades users to control victims’ computers.
Key requirements to be a special agent include passing a rigorous background check and fitness test. Agents must be at least 23 and no older than 37. Prospective cyber special agents are expected to meet the same threshold as special agents, but also have a wealth of experience in computers and technology. Preferred backgrounds include computer programming and security, database administration, malware analysis, digital forensics, and even ethical hacking. An extensive list of sought-after backgrounds and certifications can be seen on the job posting.