Cybercrime , Cyberwarfare / Nation-State Attacks , Fraud Management & Cybercrime

Ex-NSA Director: SolarWinds Breach Is 'A Call for Action'

Retired Gen. Keith Alexander on How Public and Private Sectors Must Respond
Retired Gen. Keith Alexander, president, IronNet Cybersecurity

He has commanded armed forces and directed the National Security Agency. Now, he's president of vendor IronNet Cybersecurity. From this unique perspective, retired General Keith Alexander says the SolarWinds breach is "a call for action."

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There's plenty of speculation about the breach's scope, damage and attribution. But it's clear to Alexander that the U.S. public and private sectors have been dangerously exposed.

"The breach highlights a strategic vulnerability our nation has, and we should be very concerned,” Alexander says. “If we don’t fix it, that will eventually be used against us and cause great damage. ... This is a call for action for our nation.”

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Alexander discusses:

  • The urgency of the SolarWinds breach and what it signals;
  • How we must respond as a nation and as an industry;
  • The growing need for embracing the strategy of "collective defense."

As the founder, chairman, Co-CEO and president of IronNet Cybersecurity, Alexander provides strategic vision to corporate leaders on cybersecurity issues through development of technology as well as consulting and training. The retired four-star general had a 40-year military career, culminating in his role as director of the National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service from 2005 to 2014. While serving as the NSA director, he was appointed by Congress to be the first commander to lead the U.S. Cyber Command.


About the Author

Tom Field

Tom Field

Senior Vice President, Editorial, ISMG

Field is responsible for all of ISMG's 28 global media properties and its team of journalists. He also helped to develop and lead ISMG's award-winning summit series that has brought together security practitioners and industry influencers from around the world, as well as ISMG's series of exclusive executive roundtables.




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