NSA head says Congress needs to pass cybersecurity bills to let him stop attacks

The release of several national surveillance leaks put the brakes on cybersecurity legislation, which was already under scrutiny by civil liberties groups. But NSA head Keith Alexander thinks Congress needs to get the bills back on track, letting federal agencies and companies share information about potential attacks. “How do you defend Wall Street from a major crisis?” he asked during a Tuesday interview hosted by Politico and defense contractor Raytheon. “We have to have the rules in place that you can defend Wall Street from being taken down, and inform the civilian leadership.” Those rules, he said, would need to be put in place with “cyber legislation” before somebody decided to launch a “cyberpacket” assault.

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Author: Tom Peters

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