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Former Govt Officials Push for DHS Cyber Reorganization

Some former government cybersecurity experts said at a House committee hearing held Wednesday they believe Congress should elevate the Department of Homeland Security’s authority to protect federal networks, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Joseph Marks writes House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul asked a panel of four cyber specialists during the panel meeting …

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White House Unveils 10 Members of Natl Cybersecurity Commission

President Barack Obama has appointed 10 executives with public, private and academic sector backgrounds to serve as members of a commission tasked to identify ways for the U.S. to build up its cybersecurity posture, the White House said Wednesday. The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity is one component of an executive …

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Keith Alexander: Pentagon Needs New Framework to Counter Cyber, Terrorist Threats

Retired U.S. Army Gen. Keith Alexander has told Senate Armed Services Committee members he believes the Defense Department should adopt new strategies to protect the U.S. against acts of terrorism and cyber crime. The former National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command leader told lawmakers committee in written testimony Tuesday that continued activity of terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and …

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Former NSA, NCTC Chiefs Point to Security Threats in Cyber, Terror

Keith Alexander, former National Security Agency director, highlighted the growing threat of cyber attacks on power grids, financial systems and other critical infrastructure during a recent Aspen Security Forum event, Politico reported Thursday. Josh Gerstein writes that Alexander anticipates that Congress will pass the proposed legislation on cyber information sharing between …

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Keith Alexander: Cybercom Ready for Unified Command Status

Army Gen. Keith Alexander, outgoing commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, believes Cybercom is mature enough to attain a unified command status, Federal News Radio reported Friday. Jared Serbu writes Alexander expects the Defense Department to grant CYBERCOM the autonomous status in 2015 to …

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Report: President Obama Nominates Michael Rogers to Lead NSA

President Barack Obama has selected Vice Adm. Michael Rogers to lead the National Security Agency and the Defense Department’s cyber units, The Washington Post reported Saturday. Ellen Nakashima writes Rogers could succeed incumbent NSA director Gen. Keith Alexander who will retire on March 14. Alexander has served as NSA director …

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Cyber Command’s Budget Doubles for FY 2014

The Pentagon arm in charge of countering cyber attacks on military and civilian networks is set to receive $447 million in fiscal year 2014 funds after the House approved a spending package on Monday, Nextgov reported Tuesday. Aliya Sternstein writes Cyber Command received more than double its 2013 funding level of …

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New NSA Data Center to Use Wastewater-Based Coolant

The National Security Agency will be using the treated wastewater of Howard County, Md. to cool systems inside the agency’s new data center at Fort Meade, the Baltimore Sun reported Dec. 31. Matthew Hay Brown writes the NSA plans to invest $40 million to build a pumping station and pay …

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Keith Alexander: Collaboration is Key to National Cyber Defense

The military’s top cyber officer says the federal government must work with private firms and U.S. allies to defend the nation against destructive cyber attacks, the American Forces Press Service reported Wednesday. Cheryl Pellerin writes Army Gen. Keith Alexander, National Security Agency director and head of U.S. Cyber Command, made …

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