via Fierce Government IT
Should a “cyber crisis” occur, the government has to work together seamlessly, said Gen. Keith Alexander, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency.
“A crisis in our networks is not going to stop while we wait to transition from one set of authorities to the next. It’s going to go at network speed,” Alexander said during a Feb. 22 address at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference in Washington, D.C.
“The government of our nation needs to be able to operate and defend at network speed, across all the capabilities that we have,” he added.
The NSA has built tremendous intellectual capital over several decades, said Alexander. Neither the Defense Department, nor the Homeland Security Department would be able to build another NSA, he added. Instead CYBERCOM leverages NSA within a different oversight framework, with mutual support for DoD and DHS.