By Kim Zetter
March 09, 2009
In the wake of the resignation on Friday of National Cyber Security
Center (NCSC) Director Rod Beckstrom over concerns that the National
Security Agency plans to take over government cybersecurity efforts,
comes an announcement that NSA Director Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander will be
giving the keynote address at this year's RSA security conference.
The talk is being billed as an explanation about why cybersecurity is a
national security issue.
The release says Alexander will be talking about "how the Internet
enables cyber criminals and others in conducting targeted attacks and
what can be done to combat this threat."
The Bush Administration frequently tried to equate crime on the internet
with national security to gather support for its interest in monitoring
internet activities. Alexander's RSA talk will likely continue this
trend and serve to bolster the NSA's efforts to wrest control of the
government's cybersecurity efforts from the Department of Homeland
Security, a prospect that concerns civil liberties advocates, given the
NSA's acknowledged warrantless domestic wiretapping program and
allegations that the agency also secretly tapped domestic internet
communications without a warrant.
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