NSA to Launch Cybersecurity Directorate
The National Security Agency (NSA) will establish a Cybersecurity Directorate that redefines its cybersecurity mission, according to the NSA website.
NSA’s Cybersecurity Directorate is a major organization that unifies NSA’s foreign intelligence and cyber defense missions and is charged with preventing and eradicating threats to National Security Systems and the Defense Industrial Base. Ms. Anne Neuberger, the Director of Cybersecurity, will be leading the Cybersecurity Directorate and reporting directly to General Nakasone. Her previous positions include but are not limited to NSA’s first Chief Risk Officer, Deputy Director of Operations, and Lead of NSA’s Russia Small Group.
General Paul M. Nakasone, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, says, "What I’m trying to get to in a space like cyberspace is speed, agility, and unity of effort."
"The Cybersecurity Directorate will reinvigorate our white hat mission opening the door to partners and customers on a wide variety of cybersecurity efforts. It will also build on our past successes such as Russia Small Group to operationalize our threat intelligence, vulnerability assessments and cyber defense expertise to defeat our adversaries in cyberspace," says the press release.
The press release continues, "This new approach to cybersecurity will better position NSA to collaborate with key partners across the U.S. government like U.S. Cyber Command, Department of Homeland Security, and Federal Bureau of Investigation. It will also enable us to better share information with our customers so they are equipped to defend against malicious cyber activity."
The Cybersecurity Directorate will be in its initial operating capability as of October 1, 2019.