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NSA’s Glenn Gerstell on Cybersecurity Challenges

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Glenn Gerstell
Glenn Gerstell

Glenn Gerstell, general counsel of the National Security Agency, said the intelligence community should launch more efforts to address cybersecurity challenges caused by nation-state actors and the emergence of artificial intelligence, 5G, internet of things and other technologies, Fifth Domain reported Wednesday.

“It is almost impossible to overstate the gap between the rate at which the cybersecurity threat is getting worse relative to our ability to effectively address it,” Grestell said Wednesday at an American Bar Association event.

He cited the cyber challenges posed by China and the need for the IC to add to its workforce new experts in AI, biotechnology, finance, metallurgy, crop genetics and port logistics, among other areas, to counter China’s technological and economic growth.

Grestell, who is set to leave NSA later this year, said he wants to “see greater centralization in government within our cybersecurity initiative across government” to address silos.