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NSA Head: Cloud Makes Intel Community More Secure, Efficient

Army Gen. Keith Alexander

Cloud computing, which has raised concerns over security risks, will make the intelligence community more secure and efficient, the head of the National Security Agency said Thursday.

Army Gen. Keith Alexander, also commander of U.S. Cyber Command, told attendees at the International Systems Security Association conference in Baltimore, that cloud is a key part of the intelligence community’s information technology strategy.

Alexander acknowledged the security concerns but said a broad cloud infrastructure would allow for a better end-to-end view of networks and bring the ability to put security measures and virtual segments in place to maintain security.

“When you think about the cloud, look at what Google, Amazon are doing with the technology, it’s absolutely superb,” Alexander said according to InformationWeek. “We need to go from our legacy databases to the cloud.”

Alexander also said the Joint Chiefs of Staff is working on rules of engagement against a cyber attack. Once adopted, the doctrine will help outline the conditions in which the military can go on the offensive against cyber threats and what specific actions it can take.

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