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Keith Alexander Sketches Out Agency Cyber Roles, Responsibilities at Symantec Forum

Gen. Keith Alexander

Army Gen. Keith Alexander, the military’s top cyber officer, outlined to an audience Thursday the different roles he sees federal agencies playing in the event of a cyberattack, AOL Government reports.

Alexander, head of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, also spoke to the Symantec government forum on the role of the private sector in shoring up the U.S. cyber infrastructure.

He envisions the NSA handling any foreign intelligence and finding enemies overseas and Cyber Command being called in the event of a direct attack on U.S. infrastructure, Wyatt Kash and Henry Kenyon write.

Domestically, the Department of Homeland Security will be in charge of setting standards and regulation, while also acting as first responder, Alexander said.

The FBI would handle investigations and attribution of the source of attacks, he said.

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