The Cybersecurity 202: This new FBI cyber official could be a …


Amy Hess, who had previously served as executive assistant director of the FBI’s Science and Technology Branch, was appointed to head the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch of the bureau on Tuesday. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

A new top cyber official at the FBI could be a moderating voice in the protracted standoff between the agency and tech companies over how to address the spread of encrypted devices. 

Amy Hess, a longtime bureau official, was appointed on Tuesday to head the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. She is known for playing a prominent role in one of the most high profile flash points in the encryption debate so far: She challenged her colleagues during the FBI’s fight with Apple over access to the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone in 2016. Hess was worried about whether investigators were trying hard enough to find a way to open the encrypted device before seeking a court

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