By: Jeffrey Edwards
The new head of the National Security Agency’s new Cybersecurity Directorate is an Orthodox Jewish woman from Brooklyn.
Anne Neuberger, who helped establish the U.S. Cyber Command, has worked for American intelligence agency for the past decade. She has also worked as chief risk officer, where she led the agency’s election security efforts for the 2018 midterms. She currently is an assistant deputy director the agency.
Neuberger formerly served as the deputy chief management officer at the U.S. Navy and worked for the secretary of defense.
“Neuberger, 43, also known as Chani, is from the heavily Jewish Brooklyn, New York, neighborhood of Borough Park, where she attended the Bais Yaakov Jewish day school for girls, according to the Yeshiva World News. She is a graduate of Touro College in New York and Columbia business school, and worked in the White House Fellows program,” reported Haaretz.
Indeed, she told The Wall Street Journal in an interview that the directorate will more actively use signals intelligence gleaned from expanded operations against adversaries.
“As part of its mission, the directorate will work to protect the U.S. from foreign threats by sharing insight into specific cyber threats with other federal agencies as well as the private sector,” said Haaretz. “She will be one of the highest-ranking women at the NSA since Ann Caracristi was named deputy director in 1980, according to the newspaper. Neuberger will report to the agency’s head, Gen. Paul Nakasone.”
An NSA statement, in Q&A form, explained the mission ahead for Neuberger:
Q: What is NSA’s Cybersecurity Directorate and what is its mission?
A: NSA’s Cybersecurity Directorate is a major organization that unifies NSA’s foreign intelligence and cyber defense missions and is charged with preventing and eradicating threats to National Security Systems and the Defense Industrial Base.
Q: Who is leading NSA’s Cybersecurity Directorate?
A: Ms. Anne Neuberger is the Director of Cybersecurity and reports directly to General Nakasone. Her previous positions include but are not limited to NSA’s first Chief Risk Officer, Deputy Director of Operations, and Lead of NSA’s Russia Small Group.
Q: When will this new directorate be in effect?
A: The Cybersecurity Directorate will be in its initial operating capability as of 1 October 2019.
Q: Does this new directorate change NSA’s cybersecurity mission?
A: The Cybersecurity Directorate will reinvigorate our white hat mission opening the door to partners and customers on a wide variety of cybersecurity efforts. It will also build on our past successes such as Russia Small Group to operationalize our threat intelligence, vulnerability assessments, and cyber defense expertise to defeat our adversaries in cyberspace.
Q: What contributions does the Cybersecurity Directorate bring to the cybersecurity effort?
A: This new approach to cybersecurity will better position NSA to collaborate with key partners across the U.S. government like U.S. Cyber Command, Department of Homeland Security, and Federal Bureau of Investigation. It will also enable us to better share information with our customers so they are equipped to defend against malicious cyber activity.
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