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NSA chief seeks more data from private sector in sharing offer

Antone Gonsalves | Sept. 27, 2013
While some experts welcome the move, another sees it as a Trojan horse for more access to Americans' communications

Kevin Coleman, strategic management consultant at SilverRhino, was supportive of Alexander, saying information from the NSA and other federal agencies would help companies take the "proactive approach" needed to improve their cyberdefenses.

"This is a great step forward and if properly used by the nation's critical infrastructure providers will substantially improve their ability to defend against cyber threats that are growing in frequency and complexity," Coleman said. SilverRhino provides cybersecurity services to government agencies.

Alexander defended U.S. Internet companies including Google, Facebook and Microsoft, whose images have been tainted by media reports of them sharing user information with the NSA. While referring to the companies only as the "industry," he said they "have taken a beating on this, and it's wrong."

 

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