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 the statement in a keynote address at a cybersecurity forum Wednesday.
“Over the last 14 months, we’ve seen over 350 distributed-denial-of-service attacks on Wall Street, with varying levels of success,” he said.
“Those types of catastrophic attacks are in our future. We have to prepare for them. This is something the government cannot do by itself — this is something government, industry and our allies have to work [on] together.”
Alexander told the audience that the government should require Internet service providers to warn law enforcement officers of impending cyber attack on the financial market or other large sectors, Pellerin writes.
“We need a way for industry to tell us when there’s an attack going on,” Alexander said, according to the report.
“In order to respond to these types of threats, we need that information at network speed, and we’ve got to come up with the rules and the operational concepts to actually work at network speed if we’re going to stop some of these attacks,” he added, AFPS reports.