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After more than a decade of combating cyber crime through a nationwide network of interagency task forces, the FBI has evolved its Cyber Task Forces (CTFs) in all 56 field offices to focus exclusively on cybersecurity threats. In addition to key law enforcement and homeland security agencies at the state and local level, each CTF partners many of the federal agencies that participate in the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF) at the headquarters level. This promotes effective collaboration and deconfliction of efforts at both the local and national level. The CTF role within the field office territory includes:
- Responding to cyber incidents and conducting victim-based investigations;
- Understanding and addressing the threats, vulnerabilities, and collection opportunities that exist;
- Maintaining relationships and information sharing with key companies and institutions.
Each CTF also supports the national effort by:
- Providing surge capability for cyber incidents outside of the territory;
- Participating in national virtual teams on a topic or threat;
- Contributing subject matter experts for instruction, presentations, and research and development projects.
In support of the national effort to counter threats posed by terrorist, nation-state, and criminal cyber actors, each CTF synchronizes domestic cyber threat investigations in the local community through information sharing, incident response, and joint enforcement and intelligence actions.