The National Security Agency (NSA) has announced its intention to create a cybersecurity directorate this fall in a bid to defend the U.S. against foreign adversaries. It comes at a time of increasing election interference by foreign nations such as Russia as part of an ongoing strategy to destabilize the West.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the move forms part of a wider effort to more closely align the agency’s offensive and defensive operations. The NSA said via Twitter: “Start spreading the news, #NSA is operationalizing intelligence to secure the country.”
It is expected the NSA’s cybersecurity directorate, which will become operational on October 1, will be headed up by Anne Neuberger who already has a lead role at the U.S. intelligence agency.