Achieving Confidence in Cyberspace in an Ever-Changing Ecosystem

ABSTRACT

The Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) of the National Security Agency is charged with developing security solutions that protect and defend National Security Systems. This cannot be accomplished by NSA alone. Partnerships with industry, academia, U.S. and foreign government entities are critical to delivering solutions that will meet and defeat cyber challenges of today and tomorrow. A comprehensive approach and strategy are needed. Key components of this defensive strategy include collaboration, security automation, resiliency, and a robust, sustainable cyber workforce. While the United States Government (USG) will certainly benefit from the successful implementation of these strategies, ultimately the entire global ecosystem will be more strongly protected by the advanced level of secure systems and capabilities available, and through a greater awareness of the harm that sophisticated and determined adversaries can cause to the cyber ecosystem.


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Information Assurance Directorate, National Security Agency

Debora A. Plunkett serves as the National Security Agency’s Information Assurance Directorate where she leads efforts to protect and defend United States’ national security systems. She is the focal point for cyber security, cryptography, and information systems security for our nation’s critical systems. With over 28 years of government service, she has held leadership positions in both the signals intelligence and information assurance missions at NSA. She previously served as a Director on the National Security Council at the White House for the administrations of both President Clinton and President George W. Bush, where she helped shape national policy and programs in support of critical infrastructure protection and cyber security.

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