NSA aims to up its cybersecurity game

It's setting up a Cybersecurity Directorate to help it work better with the likes of Homeland Security and the FBI.

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The NSA's cybersecurity arm will launch on Oct. 1, 2019.

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The US National Security Agency (NSA) is forming a Cybersecurity Directorate to "reinvigorate [its] white hat mission." The cyberdefense arm will launch on Oct. 1.

Anne Neuberger -- current NSA  senior advisor to the director -- will lead the Cybersecurity Directorate, the NSA said Tuesday. Neuberger previously served as NSA assistant deputy director of operations, chief risk officer and head of the NSA/USCybercom Election Security Small Group, which worked against foreign involvement during the 2018 US midterm elections.

"This new approach to cybersecurity will better position NSA to collaborate with key partners across the US government like US Cyber Command, Department of Homeland Security, and Federal Bureau of Investigation," the NSA said in a statement Tuesday.

"It will also enable us to better share information with our customers so they are equipped to defend against malicious cyber activity."

The formal announcement was due Tuesday in a speech by NSA director Gen. Paul M. Nakasone at the International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University in New York.

First published July 23 at 11:46 a.m. PT.  
Updated at 11:56 a.m. PT:  Adds confirmation from the NSA; 4:23 p.m. PT: Corrects Neuberger's current title.

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