Gordon M. Snow was today named the new assistant director of FBI’s cyber division, and in his new role will be responsible for leading the agency’s efforts to protect the nation against cyber attacks and high-tech crimes.
“The FBI considers the cyber threat against our nation to be one of the greatest concerns of the 21st century,” FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III said. “Protecting the United States against cyber crimes is one of the FBI’s highest priorities and, in fact, is the FBI’s highest criminal priority. Gordon’s broad range of investigative and leadership experience will serve the cyber division well as they carry out this mission.”
Snow began his FBI career as a special agent in 1992. After graduating from the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., he was assigned to the Birmingham Division’s Huntsville Resident Agency. There, he investigated violent crime, drug, civil rights, public corruption and white-collar crime.
In April 1996, he was assigned to the Critical Incident Response Group as a member of the Hostage Rescue Team. During that time, he participated in several sensitive rendition missions; conducted terrorism assessments overseas; and was assigned to assessment, protection and investigative support missions after the bombing of the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen, and the embassy bombings in Nairobi, Kenya.
Snow was promoted to supervisory special agent in the counterintelligence division’s Middle East unit in January 2001. Two years later, he joined the Detroit division and supervised the foreign counterintelligence program and served as the SWAT program coordinator. In 2005, he was appointed chief of the weapons of mass destruction and acquisition of U.S. nuclear and missile technology unit at FBI headquarters.
A year later, Snow was selected as the assistant special agent in charge of the San Francisco division’s San Jose Resident Agency. In that role, he had operational responsibility for the counter terrorism, cyber, white-collar crime, and violent crime squads; the San Jose members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force; the High-Value Computer Crimes Task Force; the Silicon Valley Regional Computer Forensics Lab; and the Monterey Bay Resident Agency. He also served as the SWAT program manager.
Snow was assigned to the Afghanistan theater of operations as the FBI’s on-scene commander for the counter terrorism division in June 2007. After returning to the United States, he was appointed section chief in the cyber division in January 2008, and detailed to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, National Counterintelligence Executive.
In January 2009, Snow was appointed chief of the cyber division’s cyber national security section and the director of the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force. In November 2009, he was named deputy assistant director of the cyber division.