RSA 2012: Former NSA director warns of economic cyberespionage threat
(reposted from Techtarget.com)
SAN FRANCISCO - The Cloud Security Alliance Summit at the RSA Conference 2012 got off to an entertaining start Monday with a keynote from an unlikely entertainer: Mike McConnell, former NSA and national intelligence director. McConnell had the crowd laughing with stories of his grandchildren and old times with Colin Powell, but he segued into a serious message: The country isn’t doing enough to address the threat of economic cyberespionage.
The U.S. is the “most digitally dependent nation” and its competitive advantage is its innovation, creativity, research and development, he said. “That information is regularly being taken from us,” added McConnell, who is now vice chairman at Booz Allen Hamilton.
McConnell didn’t point fingers at any country, but said some nation states make it a policy to conduct economic espionage and capture intellectual capital. “We are moving very slowly to address these threats. …We don’t have a cyberdefense capability on a global scale,” he said.
The country needs to establish a policy for what the NSA can do to protect the nation in cyberspace, he said. “The industry is going to have to accept some level of regulation.”
By Ulrich Seldeslachts
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