The Cyber Threat
Malicious cyber activity threatens the public’s safety and our national and economic security. The FBI’s cyber strategy is to impose risk and consequences on cyber adversaries. Our goal is to change the behavior of criminals and nation-states who believe they can compromise U.S. networks, steal financial and intellectual property, and put critical infrastructure at risk without facing risk themselves. To do this, we use our unique mix of authorities, capabilities, and partnerships to impose consequences against our cyber adversaries.
The FBI is the lead federal agency for investigating cyber attacks and intrusions. We collect and share intelligence and engage with victims while working to unmask those committing malicious cyber activities, wherever they are.
Learn more about what you can do to protect yourself from cyber criminals, how you can report cyber crime, and the Bureau’s efforts in combating the evolving cyber threat.
Private Sector Partners
Learn how businesses and organizations can work with the FBI to get ahead of the threat and make an impact on our cyber adversaries.
What You Should Know
- Taking the right security measures and being alert and aware when connected are key ways to prevent cyber intrusions and online crimes. Learn how to protect your computer, network, and personal information.
Understand Common Crimes and Risks Online
- Business email compromise (BEC) scams exploit the fact that so many of us rely on email to conduct business—both personal and professional—and it’s one of the most financially damaging online crimes.
- Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information, like your Social Security number, and uses it to commit theft or fraud.
- Ransomware is a type of malicious software, or malware, that prevents you from accessing your computer files, systems, or networks and demands you pay a ransom for their return.
- Spoofing and phishing are schemes aimed at tricking you into providing sensitive information to scammers.
- Online predators are a growing threat to young people.
- More common crimes and scams
Respond and Report
File a Report with the Internet Crime Complaint Center
If you are the victim of online or internet-enabled crime, file a report with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) as soon as possible. Crime reports are used for investigative and intelligence purposes. Rapid reporting can also help support the recovery of lost funds. Visit ic3.gov for more information, including tips and information about current crime trends.
Contact Your FBI Field Office
If you or your organization is the victim of a network intrusion, data breach, or ransomware attack, contact your nearest FBI field office or report it at tips.fbi.gov.
Combating the Evolving Cyber Threat
Our adversaries look to exploit gaps in our intelligence and information security networks. The FBI is committed to working with our federal counterparts, our foreign partners, and the private sector to close those gaps.
These partnerships allow us to defend networks, attribute malicious activity, sanction bad behavior, and take the fight to our adversaries overseas. The FBI fosters this team approach through unique hubs where government, industry, and academia form long-term trusted relationships to combine efforts against cyber threats.
Within government, that hub is the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF). The FBI leads this task force of more than 30 co-located agencies from the Intelligence Community and law enforcement. The NCIJTF is organized around mission centers based on key cyber threat areas and led by senior executives from partner agencies. Through these mission centers, operations and intelligence are integrated for maximum impact against U.S. adversaries.
Only together can we achieve safety, security, and confidence in a digitally connected world.
How We Work
Whether through developing innovative investigative techniques, using cutting-edge analytic tools, or forging new partnerships in our communities, the FBI continues to adapt to meet the challenges posed by the evolving cyber threat.
- The FBI has specially trained cyber squads in each of our 56 field offices, working hand-in-hand with interagency task force partners.
- The rapid-response Cyber Action Team can deploy across the country within hours to respond to major incidents.
- With cyber assistant legal attachés in embassies across the globe, the FBI works closely with our international counterparts to seek justice for victims of malicious cyber activity.
- The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) collects reports of Internet crime from the public. Using such complaints, the IC3’s Recovery Asset Team has assisted in freezing hundreds of thousands of dollars for victims of cyber crime.
- CyWatch is the FBI’s 24/7 operations center and watch floor, providing around-the-clock support to track incidents and communicate with field offices across the country.
The FBI Cyber Strategy
The FBI’s cyber strategy is to impose risk and consequences on cyber adversaries through our unique authorities, our world-class capabilities, and our enduring partnerships. Learn more (pdf)
National Defense Cyber Alliance (NDCA) brings together experts from the U.S. government and cleared defense contractors to share threat intelligence in real time, with the goal of improving the network security of NDCA member organizations and gaining a greater understanding of the cyber threat landscape.
Because of the global reach of cyber crime, no single organization, agency, or country can defend against it. Vital partnerships like the National Cyber Forensics & Training Alliance have become an international model for bringing together law enforcement, private industry, and academia to build and share resources, strategic information, and threat intelligence to identify and stop emerging cyber threats and mitigate existing ones.
What To Consider When Starting A Marijuana Grow Operation In Indiana
If you’re considering a marijuana grow operation, you should know production of marijuana remains illegal in the state of Indiana. However, certain officials are hoping to introduce legislation to decriminalize small amounts of the drug, particularly possession of cannabis for medical use.
Three bills have recently been introduced in the Indiana legislature on this issue. One aims to decriminalize possession of less than one ounce of cannabis while another calls for the formation of a cannabis compliance commission, (i.e. testing for CBD ingredients). The third proposed law would undo an error in a piece of legislation from 2018 that rendered smokable hemp illicit in Indiana.
Here are some things to consider when launching a marijuana grow operation in Indiana.
2018 Farm Bill Regulations
The 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and President Trump to update standards and regulations on agriculture, conservation and nutrition.
As it relates to Indiana, this bill dictates that anyone growing unlicensed hemp is considered a marijuana producer. Background checks, site recordings, fees and testing are all set to be carried out. Hemp is required to test below 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The state is expecting commercial hemp production to begin in 2020.
Once the Department of Agriculture Secretary receives a letter to recognize this initiative under federal law, the USDA provides an answer within 60 days as to whether this program adheres to the Farm Bill’s latest regulations.
Narrow Down Your Business Plan
As with any commercial operation, the more detailed the business plan, the better your chance at success is. This entails securing a contract and pinpointing all processors and processes necessary for your different brand varieties.
Which of the three species of hemp plants do you wish to grow? Cannabis sativa L., for instance, usually has a THC content of under 0.3%. Meanwhile, Cannabis indica is characterized by low fibre quality and is much shorter than Cannabis sativa L. Finally, Cannabis ruderalis produces flowers based on its age instead of the natural light cycle (aka the photoperiod), a process known as “auto-flowering.” Whichever species you intend to grow, make sure to order your seeds ahead of time and you will be ready to go.
Stay Updated On Farm Bill And SB 516 Timelines
Governor Holcomb signed SB 516 on May 2, 2019 as another way to regulate hemp production in Indiana. The law outlines the process for obtaining a license, seed labeling, and defines terms like “handler,” “grower” and “agricultural hemp seed.” It also forms a Hemp Advisory Committee to help establish these “Administrative Rules.”
According to the Indiana General Assembly, this committee is expected to dissolve on July 1, 2021. It also states that a maximum penalty of $2,500 can be assessed for a violation.
Understand Cross-State Dealings
Under the latest version of the Farm Bill, regulations will be similar in each state but not identical. The same basic concept associated with laws regarding traffic, alcohol sales and other agricultural rules applies here.
In Indiana, a minimum requirement for acreage or square footage is expected to be established for those seeking a hemp license. Three types of licenses are believed to be available for marijuana growers to apply for: Handler, Grower and Research. The last of these three will likely disappear a year after the USDA approves SB 516’s rules, so only the former two will exist in Indiana.
Should a licensee bring you on as an employee of his/her operation, you do not need your own license — unless you are sharing a portion of the profits.
Growing And Transportation
Hemp producers in Indiana are permitted to transport crops from their farm to a processor across state lines as long as the crop is “fully commercial” and is being moved from one research-licensed entity to another. Growers should also have at the ready their Certificate of Analysis (COA) demonstrating total THC is under 0.3%, as well as a reason for use and destination. Residential growing is strictly prohibited, even for those with severe medical conditions.
Protect Yourself With MFE
Speak to the experienced professionals at MFE Insurance for more information about the benefits of cannabis insurance for your marijuana grow operation. MFE is an Independent Insurance Agency with offices in Los Angeles, Detroit and New York that is dedicated to helping clients receive the most competitive prices possible by quoting and placing insurance through numerous carriers. MFE services both small dispensaries and full-service grow operations and offers general liability insurance, commercial automobile insurance, excess liability insurance and workers compensation insurance. Call MFE today at 213-266-7990 or contact them online to receive a quote or to learn more about their products.
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