Keith Alexander: Cyberattacks Move from Disruption to Destruction, DHS Should Lead Federal Cyber Team

Keith Alexander

National Security Agency director Gen. Keith Alexander said cyber attacks have gone from exploitation to disruption and he is worried the next step could be destruction, DoD Live reports. 

Speaking at an event at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, Alexander said that cyber attacks in the last 10 years have been about exploitation and the recent weeks have been about distributed denial-of-service attacks. 

Alexander said that the next step, destruction, which is “coming our way” can cause networks and critical infrastructure to fail. 

Cheryl Pellerin wrote that Alexander told the panel that transparent information sharing between organizations and agencies can solve cyberattacks. 

Alexander said that the Department of Homeland Security should lead the cyber team and be the entry point for working with industry.

The FBI would lead law enforcement and identifying attackers, the National Security Agency would focus on foreign intelligence and Cyber Command on defending the nation, while all three would handle the technical requirements, he added.

By having a civilian agency lead the cyber team, Alexander said, it will bring “the transparency that I think the American people need in this area.”

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