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General Keith Alexander Speaks on Cybersecurity Landscape

Screen shot 2010-06-03 at 11.19.20 AMGen. Keith B. Alexander, the current director of NSA and head of CYBERCOM, discussed the current cyber environment at an event hosted by The Center for Strategic and International Studies today in Washington, D.C.

Many email users who are sending spam are not where one would think. Alexander noted that 47 percent are from Asia, another 23 percent from Europe, 16 percent from other parts of the globe and only 14 percent are from North America.

While this common library of humanity contributes to a wealth of opportunities and enhances our quality of life in so many ways, it comes with tremendous vulnerabilities, suggests Alexander.

“Today our nation’s interests are in jeopardy,” he said.

Alexander said, while technology is a part of the solution, the key is people. He said he believes NSA and Cyber Command have superb people in place and that they need to continue to recruit, train, and retain top talent to operate effectively in cyberspace, especially when thinking more long term.

With the 7 million machines to protect in the DoD, the military is at the greatest risk when it comes to cyber attack. These systems are part of the command, control, communications and logistics of our nation’s military and one weak link can impact the department’s ability to operate securely.

There is work to be done. Alexander and his team will work to accomplish three main goals in the coming months. First, they will work to develop a greater comprehensive approach to DoD’s approach to cybersecurity. Next, they will work to centralize command and finally, enhance partnerships with other government agencies.

“It is a privilege and honor to be apart of our cyber team,” Alexander said.

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