Offensive and defensive cyber teams need to be on the same team, the National Security Agency‘s director recently said.
Federal News Radio reports Army Gen. Keith Alexander, also head of U.S. Cyber Command, told an AFCEA conference the military is well-suited to play both offense and defense and has the right personnel for both.
In his speech however, Alexander compared the current cyber setup to having infantry guys separated into defense, reconnaissance and attack, Jared Serbu reports.
Separation of offensive and defensive personnel leaves military networks vulnerable, Alexander said.
He also said training is different for each team as the signal community is trained in defense and intelligence exploitation is held to different standards, with little sharing allowed between both sets of personnel because of different clearance levels.
Alexander told the audience the services branches should train their entire cyber workforces to one set of standards so everyone has a common understanding of the cyber battlefield, Serbu reports.