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NSA wants even closer partnership with tech industry

Ellen Messmer | Sept. 20, 2013
NSA's Debora Plunkett says NSA's now is real-time automated information sharing on a large scale.

Andre McGregor, FBI special agent at the New York Cyber Branch, said he has been involved in countless investigations related to cyber intrusions at both large and small companies. He said it sometimes surprised him to find that even at the largest companies, there was inadequate use of the security defense based on the technology acquired for that very purpose.

When attackers steal the most important network credentials to a network, they basically own it, and "it's their network, they're just letting you use it," McGregor said.

The FBI has had notable successes, such as bringing down the part of the Anonymous group led by the hacker known as Sabu, McGregor said. He added that Sabu was one of the smartest people he's ever seen in terms of technology. He said he wished this kind of intelligence would be better put to use to protect networks.

 

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