: At the RSA conference in San Francisco today, NSA Director Keith Alexander disavowed any interest by his agency in directing cybersecurity efforts outside of national security systems. Whether Alexander was engaging in damage control or whether his remarks truly represent a shift in Administration policy remains to be seen. Alexander also spoke of the need for a team approach to cybersecurity, leaving open the question of exactly what position NSA will play on the team. Let's hope the pendulum is swinging back towards the center
While we are eagerly awaiting the results of the Obama Administration's review of cybersecurity policy, the latest Wall Street Journal story on a computer hack
of systems containing national security information highlights several points on which to judge the direction being taken by the Administration.
Tomorrow (Wednesday, April 22), Melissa Hathaway will speak at the RSA Conference in San Francisco and is likely to give some indication of the conclusions and findings of her 60 day review
of U.S. cybersecurity policy. Her report to the President, completed last week, probably focuses more on organizing the White House and the Executive Branch for cybersecurity than on substantive questions of mandates, standards, and incentives, but even the allocation of responsibilities within the federal government has major implications.
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