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3/28/2012: The DoD, the DHS, Losing in Cyberspace, and More

3/28/2012: The DoD, the DHS, Losing in Cyberspace, and More

  • Gen. Keith Alexander, commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency testified yesterday for the Senate Armed Services Committee. Alexander blamed China for many of cybersecurity threats but maintained that the DHS and not the DoD should be the lead in protecting government and critical infrastructure, with the DoD assisting with technical expertise. He also noted that CYBERCOM is working on transitioning from a forensics to preventative role, and that it will tkae time to develop offensive capabilities. Gen. Alexander also requested new legislation to improve cybersecurity information sharing between government and industry. More here.
  • Gen. Alexander also added that U.S. Cyber Command would need authorization from the president to attack enemy computer networks. More here.
  • Lastly, Gen. Alexander explained that the NSA was not looking to enter private networks, but rather to share information such as malware signatures. More here
  • Outgoing FBI Assistant Director Shawn Henry stated in an interview that U.S. government and industry was “not winning” in cyberspace and that current cybersecurity strategies are not sustainable. More here.
  • A group calling itself LulzSec Reborn claimed credit for leaking over 160,000 account details from a dating site for members of the military. More here.
  • The NSA denies claims that its massive Utah Data Center, to be complete in 2013, would spy on regular American citizens. More here.
  • The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unveiled the Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 2012, which would reestablish the Office of Management and Budget’s role in developing and overseeing federal cybersecurity standards. More here.