Last night’s Citizen Crime Commission Public Safety Spotlight event was very well attended by a diverse array of businesses including legal, communications firms, manufacturers, health care, financial, staff from the Mayor’s office and several utilities. The presentation featured a briefing by FBI Agent Sarah Bibbs, representing the Bureau’s Strategic Partnership Program.
This program seeks to build trust and awareness through partnerships with key public and private entities in an effort to help private sector business and academic partners identify what is at counterintelligence risk and how to protect it. A short film prepared by the FBI showed the various ways key employees of companies are targeted, groomed and turned, in order to get at proprietary information and processes. The 35 minute film, The Company Man, was based on the real experiences of a insulation company in the Midwest. The panel discussed the case and other recent and local cases to highlight the threat.
Panel members Ngoni Murandu, CIO for NW Natural, and Lane Powell attorney Darin Sands, provided expertise on what companies can do to prevent, detect and respond to insider threats. Crime Commission members PGE and Lane Powell sponsored the event along with partners 7×24 Exchange and the Oregon State Bar Antitrust Trade & Regulation Section.