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The National Security Agency (NSA) established a cybersecurity directorate in 2019 with the goal of protecting the Defense Department (DoD), national security systems and the defense industrial base from cyber attacks. NSA Director of Cybersecurity Rob Joyce oversees that directorate.

  • There is a shared understanding around the world of the ‘really concerning’ cyber tactics China is using against other countries, Joyce told Government Matters.
  • NSA, which has a mission of foreign intelligence and protection of national security systems, is collaborating with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), DoD as a whole and other governments to continuously address threats from China, Russia and individual criminals, said Joyce.
  • The agency deliberately chose to use the word “eradicate” as part of its mission to fight cyber attacks. “If you choose something less than ‘eradicate,’ you’re settling,” said Joyce. “You’re not going to … take bold action.”
  • He explained that the idea behind NSA’s Cybersecurity Collaboration Center is to combine the agency’s foreign intelligence with the reach and capabilities of industry.

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