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Preparing for Retaliatory Attacks From Russia

FBI's Elvis Chan Warns Businesses Against Complacency
Elvis Chan, supervisory special agent, San Francisco Division, FBI;

"I'm concerned that at some point the Russians are going to launch cyber retaliatory attacks against the United States at election infrastructure and the transportation, financial and energy sectors," says Elvis Chan, supervisory special agent at the San Francisco Division of the FBI.

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In particular, Chan is anticipating three types of attacks: coordinated ransomware attacks, data wiping attacks and continued spear-phishing campaigns. Organizations can protect themselves from 80% to 90% of these by implementing basic cybersecurity hygiene, he says.

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2022, Chan discusses:

  • Gaps in organizations' ransomware response;
  • How the FBI is preparing for the 2022 U.S. midterm elections;
  • How organizations can prepare for the risk of Russian cyber retaliation against the U.S.

Chan manages a squad responsible for investigating national security cyber matters. He is a decorated agent who is recognized within the Intelligence Community as a cyberterrorism expert. Chan was the lead agent on significant cyber investigations and managed joint counterterrorism operations with domestic and foreign law enforcement agencies. Prior to joining the FBI, he was a process development engineer in the semiconductor industry for 12 years. He holds two U.S. patents, has presented at many technical and law enforcement symposiums, and has published multiple articles in technical journals.


About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, ISMG Productions

An experienced broadcast journalist, Delaney conducts interviews with senior cybersecurity leaders around the world. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website for The European Information Security Summit, or TEISS. Earlier, she worked at Levant TV and Resonance FM and served as a researcher at the BBC and ITV in their documentary and factual TV departments.




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