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NSA Director: US Must Secure the Internet, Protect Citizens’ Privacy Online

Gen. Keith B. Alexander
Gen. Keith B. Alexander

As the federal government ups its battle against cyber attacks and threats, the civilian and military officials in charge of those operations are committed to adopting meaningful measures to protect citizens’ privacy, National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith B. Alexander said on Tuesday.

Speaking at the O’Reilly Media Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington, D.C., the general addressed the issue that better security may come at the expense of personal privacy. EsecurityPlanet.com quoted Alexander as saying:

“As the director of NSA and the commander of U.S. Cyber Command, I have an obligation to the law and to the American people to ensure that everything we do in cyberspace preserves and protects our civil liberties and operates legally under the constitution, while concurrently conducting our mission.”

Alexander spoke of the mandate of U.S. Cyber Command, which amalgamated existing military information security units, and works closely with NSA. The Cyber Command is also charged with providing support to civilian agencies in the information-security arena.

He spoke of the cyber threats the government systems endure from hackers and other adversaries every day, and added how these attacks are only increasing.

“Considering the body of both personal and national treasure that resides on the Internet — information, money, medical records, personal email, critical infrastructure and, most important, national security — it is not a hyperbole to say that we have as much at risk or more than any other nation,” Alexander said.

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