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C-SPAN: U.S. Cyber Command Chief Addresses Cyber Operations Conference

Posted by Jill Newbury    Aug 14, 2012 9:34:00 AM

The chief of the U.S. Cyber Command believes the country is vulnerable to a massive cyber attack that could come at any time. Gen. Keith Alexander, who also heads the National Security Agency, will speak about cybersecurity at today's cyberspace operations conference hosted by The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).

Gen. Alexander advocates for more cooperation between the military, the government and private companies to protect critical infrastructure such as power plants, water treatment plants, banks and financial networks from cyber attacks.

He recently attended the Defcon convention in Las Vegas, where he encouraged hackers, skilled at finding vulnerabilities in computer network security systems, to join the government in creating a cybersecurity strategy.

A recent survey of private companies, conducted by the cybersecurity company CounterTack, found that businesses favor a military-style cyber strategy. More than half claimed that they have experienced cyber attacks and many complained that they lack the technical skills to protect themselves.

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