Multiple Cybersecurity Officials to Leave FBI amid Warnings of Continued Threats

(From The Washington Examiner)

A slew of top cybersecurity officials are exiting the FBI, despite the ongoing threat of attacks to the country’s digital infrastructure from foreign adversaries, according to a report.

Scott Smith, the FBI’s Cyber Division assistant director, is leaving his post in July, and his deputy, Howard Marshall, has already departed for the private sector, per the Wall Street Journal.

David Resch, the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch executive assistant director, is also stepping down, even though he was only appointed by FBI Director Christoper Wray in April.

Carl Ghattas, the FBI’s National Security Branch executive assistant director, and Jeffrey Tricoli, the senior official who co-lead FBI foreign influence task force, are departing for corporate jobs.

The exodus comes after President Trump has repeatedly attacked the FBI, and in the face of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats issuing a recent warning that “the warning lights are blinking red again” regarding cyber attacks.

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