U.S. Renews Call to Private Industry to Help Cybersecurity

In a speech to the audience of the Symantec Government Symposium, General Keith Alexander, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service, said that only a close collaboration between the private industry and the government can meet this goal.

"We can defend this space. But we're stuck at the starting line figuring out how we're going to do this," he said. "That's going to be the push you see from the administration and Congress, and should be the push from business and the American people. We all have these devices. We all benefit by having secure devices that our children and grandchildren can get on and call from securely."

One of the major challenges is, according to Alexander, to understand the nature of attacks, which are growing more and more sophisticated. "The biggest problem is education," Alexander said. "Most people do not technically understand the network." The fact that mobile devices are now always connected to data and are being integrated into critical environments with access to important information would require "a defensible architecture," he said.

The good news is that, even if that architecture is not available, the private industry and government both are willing to collaborate. AMD, Honeywell, Intel, Lockheed Martin, and RSA/EMC recently announced the formation of the Cyber Security Research Alliance (CSRA) with the intent to work with the government on cyber security technologies.


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  • abbadon_34
    why should they, when evey internal and external problem can be blamed on "hackers" and "pirates"
  • Thomas Creel
    The gov has a lot of money, I don't know why they can't do something about this. The hackers have time though, and are always a step ahead.
  • falchard
    I don't want the government to spend any money on cybersecurity. Thats when I know security will be much easier to breach. The governmnet is pretty bad at things like research and development. For instance take the current US military Assault Rifle. Its 40 years old, and there are cheaper, easier to produce, more accurate, and more reliable US based companies who make Assault Rifles. The problem is the government stalls technological development.
    I really don't want the government stepping in on how they think they can protect private citizens from the denizens from the net. We might get our own Great Firewall of the United States.