The NSA is merging its cyber offense and defense teams

The NSA is creating a Directorate of Operations over the coming months to fuse together its offensive and defensive cybersecurity teams, according to a speech given at the agency today. Essentially, the team that collects information about system vulnerabilities in order to exploit them for espionage purposes will work alongside the team that collects information about vulnerabilities in order to shield US networks from cyberattacks. The reorganization is being called NSA21 and was publicly disclosed today.

The project is described as a two-year plan to help the agency better address national security threats, especially surrounding its cyber missions. Signals Intelligence, which exploits vulnerabilites to spy on foreign targets, and…

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