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Gov 2.0 Summit: NSA Chief Outlines Cybersecurity Plans




Gov 2.0 Summit: NSA Chief Outlines Cybersecurity Plans
Gov 2.0 Summit: NSA Chief Outlines Cybersecurity Plans



http://www.informationweek.com/news/government/leadership/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=227300374 

By Elizabeth Montalbano
InformationWeek
September 8, 2010

Addressing challenges to the federal government's cybersecurity efforts, 
the head of the National Security Agency (NSA) said that teamwork, 
global leadership, and a respect for citizens' privacy are necessary to 
secure U.S. critical infrastructure against cyber attacks.

There are 250,000 probes trying to find their way into Department of 
Defense (DoD) networks every hour, and cyber attacks on federal agencies 
have increased 150% since 2008, Gen. Keith Alexander, NSA director and 
commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, said Tuesday at the Gov 2.0 Summit 
at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, produced by O'Reilly Media and UBM 
TechWeb.

The federal government has the potential to drastically reduce and 
prevent these attacks, but not unless the various agencies charged with 
cybersecurity tasks work together both at home and on a global scale.

"The United States has been a world leader in the development of 
technology and the growth of the internet," Alexander said. "We made the 
internet, it seems to me that we ought to be the folks to be the first 
to go out there and secure it. Given the intellectual capital required 
to do that, it stands to reason that if we pool our resources we can 
effectively safeguard all our nation's equities in cyberspace."

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