"We need to dispel the rumors," he said, adding that NSA didn't want to run all the government's cybersecurity operations but would help Homeland Security secure government civilian networks.
Gen. Alexander also catalogued a few of the "things that are broken" in the government's efforts to protect its networks. The government can't monitor intrusions on its networks in a timely manner. It detects compromises of private-sector networks but sometimes can't disclose the problem because its information is classified.
The Pentagon recently said that Secretary Gates wants to increase the number of security experts trained by DoD from 80 to 250 annually.