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NSA Should Oversee Cybersecurity, Intel Chief Says

NSA Should Oversee Cybersecurity, Intel Chief Says
NSA Should Oversee Cybersecurity, Intel Chief Says

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By Kim Zetter 
Threat Level
February 26, 2009

Despite the fact that many Americans distrust the National Security 
Agency for its role in the Bush Administration's warrantless wiretapping 
program, the agency should be entrusted with securing the nation's 
telecommunications networks and other cyber infrastructures, President 
Obama's director of national intelligence told Congress on Wednesday.

Director of National Intelligence Admiral Dennis Blair told the House 
intelligence committee (.pdf) that the NSA, rather than the Department 
of Homeland Security which currently oversees cybersecurity, has the 
smarts and the skills to secure cyberspace.

"The National Security Agency has the greatest repository of cyber 
talent," Blair said. "[T]here are some wizards out there at Fort Meade 
who can do stuff."

Blair added that "because of the offensive mission that they have, 
they=E2=80=99re the ones who know best about what=E2=80=99s coming back at us and it=E2=80=99s 
defenses against those sorts of things that we need to be able to build 
into wider and wider circles."


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