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NSA announces new cybersecurity directorate

NSA Cybersecurity

The U.S. National Security Agency announced the formation of a new Cybersecurity Directorate earlier this week.

Effective October 1, the directorate’a mission is will be the creation of a “major organization that unifies NSA’s foreign intelligence and cyber defense missions,” according to the agency’s website. It will be led by Anne Neuberger, the former NSA deputy director of operations and lead of the Russia Small Group.

The establishment of the directorate is part of a wider move on the part of the Federal Government to bolster the effectiveness of its cybersecurity, both defensively and offensively. 

“Over the past couple years, as we did a number of different reorganizations, one of the things I think we lost was that emphasis on cybersecurity,” said NSA chief Paul Nakasone.

"This new approach to cybersecurity will better position NSA to collaborate with key partners across the U.S. government like U.S. Cyber Command, Department of Homeland Security, and Federal Bureau of Investigation. It will also enable us to better share information with our customers so they are equipped to defend against malicious cyber activity,” said the NSA in a press release.