U.S. Army Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command; Director, National Security Agency; Chief, Central Security Service, announced in a release July 23 that: “NSA will establish a Cybersecurity Directorate that redefines its cybersecurity mission.”
NSA’s Cybersecurity Directorate is a major organization that unifies NSA’s foreign intelligence and cyber defense missions and is charged with preventing and eradicating threats to National Security Systems and the Defense Industrial Base, according to the release.
Ms. Anne Neuberger is the Director of Cybersecurity and reports directly to Gen. Nakasone. Her previous positions include, but are not limited to, NSA’s first Chief Risk Officer, Deputy Director of Operations, and Lead of NSA’s Russia Small Group.
The Cybersecurity Directorate will be in its initial operating capability by Oct. 1. 2019.
The intent is that the Cybersecurity Directorate will reinvigorate its white hat mission opening the door to partners and customers on a wide variety of cybersecurity efforts. It will also build on NSA’s past successes, such as Russia Small Group, to operationalize threat intelligence, vulnerability assessments, and cyber defense expertise to defeat U.S. adversaries in cyberspace.
“What I’m trying to get to in a space like cyberspace is speed, agility, and unity of effort,” Nakasone has often said.
NSA is both a member of the Defense Department and an Intelligence Community agency. NSA is the world leader in cryptology - the art and science of making and breaking codes providing U.S. leaders, policymakers, warfighters, law enforcement agencies and Intelligence Community partners with the information they need to prevent adversaries from doing America harm.
This new approach to establishing and elevating a Cybersecurity Directorate will better position NSA to collaborate with key partners across the U.S. government such as U.S. Cyber Command, Department of Homeland Security, and Federal Bureau of Investigation. It will also enable NSA to better share information with customers so they are equipped to defend against malicious cyber activity, according to the release.
Expertise from NSA analysts and innovative technology empowers NSA to accomplish its goals of discovering adversaries' secrets, protecting U.S. secrets, and outmaneuvering adversaries in cyberspace while protecting the privacy rights of the American people.