As part of its national security mission, the FBI has been providing awareness information to reduce the vulnerability of United States persons, corporations and institutions to intelligence and terrorist activities since the early 1970's. The initial focus of this program was the protection of classified government information, property and personnel. In the 1990's, foreign intelligence services expanded their targeting to include private sector proprietary economic information. This fact when coupled to an increase of terrorist attacks on non-government entities made it critical for the FBI awareness message reach a broader audience. The serious problem of computer intrusion and the costly menace of the computer virus required that awareness on these topics be received in a timely fashion to prevent damage and loss.
The Awareness of National Security Issues and Response (ANSIR) Program is the FBI's National Security Awareness Program. ANSIR disseminates unclassified national security threat and warning information to U.S. Corporations, law enforcement and other government agencies. ANSIR E-mail provides this information at no charge to any interested person meeting the subscription prerequisites. In addition to making potential targets of intelligence and terrorist activities less vulnerable through awareness, the FBI has a unique response capability to act when these activities are identified. The FBI does more than simply identify problems; it does something about them.
Security Begins with You
An amendment to Title 18, USC, Section 3071, recently enacted, authorizes the Attorney General to make payment for information of espionage activity in any country which leads to the arrest and conviction of any person(s):
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