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NSA Chief Downplays Cybersecurity Power Grab Reports

05/23/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The National Security Agency doesn't want sole responsibility for running U.S. cyber security, the agency's director said Tuesday. Speaking at the RSA security conference in San Francisco, NSA Director Lieutenant General Keith Alexander said that any effort to keep U.S. and government networks safe would be a group effort, rather than a centrally managed operation. In his March 5 resignation letter, Beckstrom said that the NSA's culture was too different from network operations and security culture, and that top-level government network security monitoring could represent a threat to the democratic process. 3

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. 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 agencies. 2

Cyber spies have broken into the Pentagon's $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project - the defense department's costliest weapons program ever, according to the lead item in today's Wall Street Journal. From the story: Similar incidents have also breached the Air Force's air-traffic-control system in recent months, these people say. 1

  1. Cyber Spies Breach Pentagon's Fighter Jet Project (Washington Post)
  2. NSA Chief Downplays Cybersecurity Power Grab Reports (cnet)
  3. NSA Chief Doesn't Want to Do Cyber Security Solo (PC World)

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