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Submission + - NSA Director to Head New Pentagon Cyber Command (wsj.com)

visible.frylock writes: According to the WSJ, Defense Secretary Gates plans to nominate Lieutenant General Keith Alexander to head the new Pentagon Cybersecurity Command (previously reported on by the Washington Post). While the Post says that "The Pentagon plans do not involve the Department of Homeland Security, which has responsibility for securing the government's non-military computer domain," the Journal reports that Lieutenant General Alexander has mentioned of working with DHS:

"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.

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