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Head of US Cyber Command Supports Secure Network for Government, Industry

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Gen. Keith B. Alexander

Army Gen. and Director of the National Security Agency Keith B. Alexander takes the witness stand at the House Armed Services Committees hearings this morning.

And if comments to reporters last night are any indication, he will likely voice support for a secure network or “dotsecure” for both federal computer systems, as well as “critical industries,” including defense contractors.

Alexander, who is also the head of the U.S. Cyber Command, began his testimony at 10 a.m. under the committee’s banner of “Organizing for Cyberspace Operations.”

According to a report in InformationWeek, Cyber Command is already working on plans to protect government contractors from cyber attacks that reveal secrets.

“It gets to, how do we provide them a level of protection analogous to what the government would have, so that their secrets aren’t going to be stolen,” Alexander told InformationWeek.

U.S. Cyber Command is under the umbrella of NSA and both are located at Fort Meade, Md. Cyber Command is a relatively new agency, created, in part, in response to a cyber attack on the Defense Department via the use of an infected flash drive in 2008, according to a CNN report.

Some say the efforts to create a secure network are impractical, but there are other advocates in the government, and the White House is considering a number of options.

Later this afternoon, the heads of the various branches of the Armed Services will testify at a House subcommittee on preparing for cyber operations.

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