Obama turns to cryptologist, IT pro to lead NSA

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday announced the president has accepted his recommendation to nominate Navy Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers to be the next director of the National Security Agency and commander of U.S. Cyber Command.

After the shutdown: Federal cybersecurity faces deep workforce challenges

The National Security Agency has been under constant fire since former contractor Edward Snowden leaked highly classified documents about the agency’s electronic eavesdropping programs, particularly the collection of telephone metadata belonging to millions of Americans.

Shutdown jeopardizes US cybersecurity leadership

A prolonged government shutdown could demoralize the federal cybersecurity, defense and intelligence workforce, forcing many experienced personnel to seek employment in the private sector and drying up the talent pool of young, technology-savvy students willing to plan a government career.

Without government’s knowledge, NSA improperly collected emails from 2008 to 2011

Wednesday afternoon, the National Security Agency declassified three U.S. court opinions that reveal the agency inadvertently collected 56,000 Internet communications not related to terrorism between 2008 and 2011, when it informed the court of the improper collection.

Defending secrecy, building the nation’s cyberdefense

In separate speeches last week, National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey argued controversial phone and Internet-monitoring programs were part of a necessary expansive plan to defend the country from the new cyberlandscape.

FedWire: The final frontier, supercomputing and some lucky guns

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FedWire: Cyberhygiene, virtual robotics and the Summer of Innovation

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The Cyber Command overhaul

The National Defense Authorization Act, which goes to the House Rules Committee on Wednesday and Thursday, could reshape the structure and management of the U.S. Cyber Command.

Gen. Alexander honored for safeguarding cyberspace

Gen. Keith Alexander will receive TechAmerica’s Government Technology Executive of the Year award for his work protecting the country’s cyberspace.

Cyber Show: Federal CISO council? Plus, audio from Keith Alexander

A cabinet-level CISO talks about creating a federal security officers council, and audio from Gen. Keith Alexander’s speech last week before the NVTC.

Gen. Alexander: cloud key to network security

Gen. Keith Alexander reiterated his view that the federal government’s network architecture is not defensible against cyber-attacks, but added it can be if rebuilt using the latest cloud-computing technologies.

Report: cyber executive order expected Wednesday

The White House is expected to release a cybersecurity executive order on Wednesday, The Hill reports, according to two unnamed sources familiar with the executive order.

Symantec symposium tackles threat landscape

Cybersecurity leaders from throughout the world joined Symantec on Wednesday at the Washington Convention Center for the company’s annual government symposium to discuss ways to combat the cyber threat that endangers each person, company and government that goes online.

Panetta says DOD finalizing cyberwar rules of engagment

The Department of Defense is finalizing the most comprehensive changes to its offensive rules of engagement in cyberspace to better protect civilian networks, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Thursday.

NSA director addresses U.S. Chamber (VIDEO)

Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency and commander of U.S. Cyber Command, spoke Thursday at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, D.C.

Alexander: government can’t defend cyberspace alone

The federal government alone cannot stop the cyber threats against the country, but instead it will take a team of federal agencies, industry partners, academia and international allies, General Keith Alexander said on Thursday.

Alexander: U.S. 3 out of 10 in cyber preparedness

The United States is not adequately prepared for a serious cyber attack as the country is a “three” on a scale of one to 10 when it comes to preparedness, U.S. Cyber Command Commander Keith Alexander said Thursday.

Alexander: destructive cyber attacks possible

U.S. Cyber Command Commander Gen. Keith Alexander said the capability exists today for destructive cyber attacks against critical infrastructures.

White House Cyber Czar Schmidt to Retire

White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt will retire at the end of the month to spend more time with his family and pursue teaching opportunities, the Washington Post reports.

DOD: We Need Industry Help Fighting Cyber

The Department of Defense needs industry’s help to stop the more than six million cyber attacks hitting both the Pentagon each day, Army Gen. Keith Alexander, head of U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency said.

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