FBI on China, Election Security and Impact of COVID-19San Francisco Office's Sanjay Virmani Opens Up on Adversaries, Investigations and Crime Trends
The day after President Trump issued executive orders to ban Chinese-owned social media apps TikTok and WeChat, Sanjay Virmani of the FBI's San Francisco office shared insights on the Chinese cyberthreat, election security and crime trends in the wake of COVID-19.
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In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Virmani, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's San Francisco field office, discusses:
- Chinese and Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections;
- How COVID-19 has impacted cybercrime;
- The challenge of partnering with the private sector to defend the new, broader attack surface.
As the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's San Francisco field office, Virmani oversees the cyber branch for the office. Prior to that, he was assigned to FBI headquarters as assistant section chief of the counterterrorism internet operations section and also as unit chief of the cyberterrorism unit, which is focused on obtaining intelligence on and disrupting cyberterrorists and their networks.