The FBI on Why and How to Work with the Office of the Private Sector [Podcast]


By Adam Turteltaub

The FBI wants you, but it’s not why you think.  Spencer Evans, the Section Chief in the Office of the Private Sector (OPS), explains that the OPS is here to help and wants you to get involved.

He begins the podcast by explaining that the FBI’s mission is to protect the American people and defend the Constitution.  The mandate of OPS, as a part of that mission, is to protect the economic security interest of the US by fostering relationships with the private sector.

There are two programs that he suggests businesses consider becoming a part of.  The Domestic Security Alliance Counsel (DSAC) is comprised of Fortune 1000 companies that are involved in critical infrastructure and the national security of the US.  The approximately 590 members of the program enjoy bilateral sharing of information about critical threats and help identify new trends in issues such as the targeting of US businesses by foreign adversaries.  These include terrorism (both foreign and domestic) and hostile nation-state actors engaged in espionage and stealing trade secrets.

InfraGard is similar to DSAC, in that is a partnership with the private sector, but while DSAC members are organizations, InfraGard is open to individuals.  It has over 65,000 members who are involved in protecting critical infrastructure.

As you listen to his remarks, you’ll learn about how you and your organization may benefit from these two programs within OPS.  You will also gain a better understanding of how to contact the FBI should your organization come under attack, as well as what to expect once you do.