By Declan McCullagh
Politics and Law
April 21, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO -- The director of the National Security Agency on Tuesday
downplayed reports of the NSA's attempt to wrest control of
cybersecurity responsibilities from rival federal agencies.
"We do not want to run cybersecurity for the U.S. government," Lt. Gen.
Keith Alexander said at the RSA security conference here.
Instead, Alexander said, the Department of Homeland Security should
continue to oversee Internet and computer security for civilian
agencies, while the NSA would provide that service for military
Alexander's remarks come during a 60-day review of the federal
government's cybersecurity efforts ordered by President Obama that could
end with responsibilities being reshuffled between agencies. Melissa
Hathaway, who worked for the director of national intelligence in the
Bush administration and is conducting the review, is scheduled to give a
public talk on Wednesday.
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