Gen. Paul Nakasone on CYBERCOM’s Response to SolarWinds Breach, ‘Defend Forward’ Concept

Gen. Paul Nakasone on CYBERCOM’s Response to SolarWinds Breach, ‘Defend Forward’ Concept
Gen. Paul Nakasone CYBERCOM Commander NSA Director

Gen. Paul Nakasone, commander of U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said CYBERCOM continues to play a “key role” in the U.S. government’s ongoing response to the SolarWinds hack, Breaking Defense reported Friday.

Nakasone, also director of the National Security Agency (NSA), highlighted in his keynote speech at the CYBERCOM Annual Legal Conference Thursday the support the command has extended to the FBI, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). 

He discussed the command’s “defend forward” concept that involves “executing operations outside U.S. military networks” and “persistent engagement” approach that “focuses on an aggressor’s confidence and capabilities by countering and contesting campaigns short of armed conflict."

He also mentioned in his speech the cyber threats posed by Russia, China, Iran and North Korea and the importance of partnerships with the U.S. private sector and foreign allies.

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