Cyber-crime can happen anywhere. Individuals are being victimized by identity theft; email scams are targeting businesses to solicit phony wire transfers; critical infrastructure computer systems are vulnerable to attack; and federal agencies face the risk of cyber-compromise, jeopardizing our national security. These malicious events occur far too often and with an alarmingly high success rate.
Within each tier of our government, task forces are entrusted with protecting the common good from cyber-crime. Several federal agencies stand out in providing education, guidance, and investigative expertise to battle the crushing wave of destructive cyber-activity. Listed below are four noteworthy agencies working to enhance our cyber-security defensive posture:
- Federal Trade Commission (FTC): The FTC advocates for consumer protections by stopping unscrupulous practices
in the traditional and digital marketplace. It also collaborates with law enforcement to investigate business crimes and
identity theft issues.
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS): The DHS uses its domestic viewpoint to protect our nation from internal
and external cyber threats. In addition, the DHS “Digital Strategy” aims at sharing departmental data across other
government agencies to improve our cyber well-being.
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): By lending its investigative talents to the anti-cyber-crime effort, the FBI has
developed unquestionable expertise in fighting these threats. The FBI also provides cyber-education and awareness
to the public.
- National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): Formed in 1901 to boost U.S. capability for scientific and
industrial measurements, NIST has evolved into the premier author of technology standards for the government and
The confidentiality of client data is of the utmost importance to Windes. We utilize best practices for data security from these and other agencies, employing methods such as data encryption, two-factor login, machine-learning-based malware detection, and advanced email-scanning tools. Windes also provides cyber-security education to personnel, believing that our people are a key line of defense in the war on cyber-crime.