FBI names new cybercrime director

Formerly the deputy assistant director of the Cyber Division, Snow was recently promoted to assistant director of the same group by FBI director Robert Mueller. According to an FBI announcement, Snow will lead the agency’s efforts to fight cybercrime and other high-tech criminal exploits.

“The FBI considers the cyber threat against our nation to be one of the greatest concerns of the 21st century”, Mueller said in a statement. “Protecting the United States against cyber crimes is one of the FBI’s highest priorities and, in fact, is the FBI’s highest criminal priority.”

Snow, who is a former Marine officer, has an extensive history with the FBI since graduating in 1992 from the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. His previous experience includes roles with the FBI Hostage Rescue Team, in addition to serving in an investigative capacity after the bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi in 1998 and the USS Cole in 2000.

In 2006, as special agent in charge, Snow took control of the FBI’s San Francisco Division resident agency in San Jose with responsibility for counterterrorism, cybercrime, computer crimes, and computer forensic analysis. Snow began his tenure with the FBI Cyber Division in 2009 after returning from Afghanistan, where he was the agency’s on-scene commander for counterterrorism.

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