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Pamplin MBA alumnus leads FBI cybercops


   

Pamplin alumnus and FBI assistant director Gordon Snow and Wade Baker, director of risk intelligence at Verizon and a Pamplin doctoral student, discuss cybersecurity topics. Pamplin alumnus and FBI assistant director Gordon Snow responds to a question about cybersecurity from Wade Baker, director of risk intelligence at Verizon and a Pamplin doctoral student, in an interview at FBI headquarters.


BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 27, 2011 – Cybersecurity, a growing worry for businesses and governments, has become one of the highest priorities of the FBI, where Pamplin College of Business alumnus Gordon Snow leads efforts against computer-based crime and threats to national security as assistant director of the bureau's cyber division.

The number and sophistication of cyber attacks increased dramatically over the past five years and is expected to continue to grow, says Snow, who earned an MBA in 2001. “It’s easy for somebody, given enough time, energy, and funding, to penetrate any system that is accessible from the Internet. There really is no secure system out there.”

A former Marine, Snow has been with the FBI for nearly 20 years. Before being appointed to his current post last year, he worked on counterterrorism, counterintelligence, as well as cyber, white-collar, and violent crime assignments around the country and abroad.

In the cover story of this fall’s issue of Pamplin magazine, Snow talks about the FBI’s cybersecurity work with guest interviewer Wade Baker, director of risk intelligence at Verizon and a Pamplin doctoral student in business information technology. Topics include the nature and extent of cybercrime, cybercriminals’ motives and methods, what businesses can do to manage their risks, and the benefits of his Pamplin MBA education.

Read the full story, “Gotcha! MBA alum leads FBI cybercops,” as well as related stories about the bureau’s demand for recruits and Wade Baker’s data security tips for businesses. View this slide show about the FBI's four strategic objectives related to reducing cyberthreats.

Virginia Tech’s nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. Pamplin emphasizes technology and analysis that improve business, entrepreneurship that leads to innovation and innovative companies, international opportunities for learning and research, and an inclusive, collaborative community. It is named in honor of two alumni: the late Robert B. Pamplin, retired chairman of Georgia-Pacific, and businessman, author, and philanthropist Robert B. Pamplin Jr.