NSA chief General Keith Alexander yelled at in Black Hat security conference

Keith Brian Alexander (born December 2, 1951) is the current Director of the National Security Agency (DIRNSA), Chief of the Central Security Service (CHCSS) and Commander of the United States Cyber Command. He is a four-star general in the United States Army.[1] He previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2, U.S. Army from 2003 to 2005. He assumed the positions of Director, National Security Agency and Chief, Central Security Service on August 1, 2005[2] and the additional duties as Commander, United States Cyber Command on May 21, 2010.[3] Alexander plans to retire in 2014.[1]

Biography – Commander, U.S. Cyber Command,
Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service




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Alexander was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for appointment to the rank of general on May 7, 2010[9] and was officially promoted to that rank in a ceremony on May 21, 2010. General Alexander assumed command of United States Cyber Commandin the same ceremony that made him a four-star general.[10]

He will deliver the keynote address at Black Hat USA in July 2013. The organizers describe Alexander as an “advocate of battlefield visualization and ‘data fusion’ for more useful intelligence”. He provided them with this quote: “As our dependence on information networks increases, it will take a team to eliminate vulnerabilities and counter the ever-growing threats to the network. We can succeed in securing it by building strong partnerships between and within the private and public sectors, encouraging information sharing and collaboration, and creating and leveraging the technology that affords us the opportunity to secure cyberspace….” [11]

NSA chief General Keith Alexander heckled at hacker conference in Las Vegas. NSA chief General Keith Alexander defends internet surveillance programmes at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Alexander says Congress found no fault in NSA’s surveillance methods, which were revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Some members of the audience heckle the 61-year-old general. .

United States Cyber Command

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United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) is an armed forces sub-unified command subordinate to United States Strategic Command. The command is located in Fort Meade,Maryland and led by General Keith B. Alexander.[1] USCYBERCOM centralizes command of cyberspace operations, organizes existing cyber resources and synchronizes defense of U.S. military networks.

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“USCYBERCOM plans, coordinates, integrates, synchronizes and conducts activities to: direct the operations and defense of specified Department of Defense information networks and; prepare to, and when directed, conduct full spectrum military cyberspace operations in order to enable actions in all domains, ensure US/Allied freedom of action in cyberspace and deny the same to our adversaries.”[2]

The text “9ec4c12949a4f31474f299058ce2b22a”, which is located in the command’s emblem, is the MD5 hash of their mission statement.[3]

The command is charged with pulling together existing cyberspace resources, creating synergy and synchronizing war-fighting effects to defend the information security environment. USCYBERCOM is tasked with centralizing command of cyberspace operations, strengthening DoD cyberspace capabilities, and integrating and bolstering DoD’s cyber expertise.[4][5]






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