Keith Alexander: Cloud Can Help Govt Against Hackers

Keith Alexander

Cloud computing can be a defensive architecture against threats from hackers to government infrastructure, National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander said Thursday.

American Forces Press Service reports Alexander, also head of U.S. Cyber Command and Central Security Service, addressed a U.S. Chamber of Commerce cybersecurity summit in Washington.

According to Amaani Lyle’s article, Alexander estimated 419,000 billion emails traveled the networks per day, averaging to about 70 messages per person.

Alexander also estimated users typed in 4.7 billion Google searches per day and also said billions of steadily increasing bytes of global traffic.

Adding to that, new major companies have grown within the past decade and Alexander highlighted the need to protect intellectual property and other proprietary information as several major firms have been hacked.

Industry partnership with the departments of Defense and Homeland Security, as well as the FBI, will also play a key role in building cyber defenses, Alexander said.

In August, Alexanders aid the government should put all of its cybersecurity personnel on one team, rather than splitting them between offensive and defensive units.

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