Admiral Michael Rogers, head of the NSA and the US Cyber Command, has told delegates during his keynote address at RSA 2016 the three things that keep him awake at night.
While #3 on his list is pretty obvious, his second insomnia-inducing worry is pretty darn interesting. RTWT.His first fear is an online attack against US critical infrastructure, which he said was a matter of when it will happen, not if. Citing the recent Ukrainian power grid hack as an example, Rogers said that the target was an obvious one and security systems in the US national critical infrastructure were not strong enough.
But he closes with a plea that I think will fall on deaf ears:
The NSA can't handle all of this itself, he said, and pleaded with the assembled security experts to bring their skills to the government in partnerships.I've been quite critical about how NSA's behavior over the last 15 years has alienated a large portion of the security industry practitioners. I haven't seen anything over the last year or two to cause me to change that - and the whole FBiPhone incident is causing even more collateral damage.
NSA has a lot of smart people, and the ones who are trying to fight the Bad Guys are fighting the Good Fight. But they have a huge branding problem to overcome. Adm. Rogers isn't addressing that.