Cleaning up major public and private hacks, NSA’s IAD at Crossroads

FORT MEADE, MD—For nearly a decade, the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) has been focused upon weaknesses in industrial control systems (ICS) such as the (supervisory control and data acquisition) SCADA systems that underpin the country’s power grid. In the past year or so, local, state, and U.S. officials’ concerns about those vulnerabilities have become more apparent.

Dukes_Curt_IADIn Sean Lyngaas‘ article for FCW.com, Curt Dukes, a Computer Scientist, describes the daunting challenge his 3,000-person directorate has in training the Department of Defense’s (DOD) future cybersecurity professionals and cleaning up major public- and private-sector hacks.

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