On the occasion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the FBI reiterated its commitment to fighting cybercrimes but also called on individuals and businesses to be actively involved in protecting their own data.
"The FBI is doing everything we possibly can, at every level, to make it harder for cyber criminals to operate … But we also ask that the public do its part by taking precautions and implementing safeguards to protect their own data," the FBI's David Johnson said in a post on the agency's website.
Threats such as ransomware, business e-mail compromise (BEC), and intellectual property are the most prolific cyber risks today, the FBI post said, noting that BEC scams have cost organizations worldwide some $3 billion.
Last week, FBI chief James Comey stressed the seriousness of cybercrime, saying cybersecurity has now become top priority for all government agencies.
The FBI recommends checking its website regularly this month for data protection tips.
Go to the FBI website for more details.