Speaking at a time of great scrutiny of the agency and its activities, Alexander said that the NSA, along with other federal agencies such as the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and CIA, need to find a way to share the attack and vulnerability information they collect in order to help key private organizations react to emerging threats. Though the idea is still in its formative stages, Alexander said that it potentially could include companies in foreign countries, as well.
“We need the authority for us to share with them and them to share with us. But because some of that information is classified, we need a way to protect it,” Alexander said during a keynote speech at the Billington Cybersecurity Summit here Wednesday. “Right now, we can’t see what’s happening in real time. We’ve got to share it with them, and potentially with other countries.”"