DNI Ratcliffe and NSA’s Gen. Nakasone Meet to Keep Cyberspace Safe

Newly appointed Director of National Intelligence and Signals Intelligence John Ratcliffe met with General Paul M. Nakasone, Director of Cyber Security at the National Security Agency, on Wednesday to discuss priorities of the NSA in securing digital space for the country.

The Director of National Intelligence serves as the head of the U.S. Intelligence Community, overseeing and directing the implementation of the National Intelligence Program and acting as the principal advisor to the President, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council for intelligence matters related to national security.

In May, Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard “Ric” Grenell, now replaced by Ratcliffe, announced that he was declassifying transcripts of the calls between Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

This new information will help to shed light on the whole truth in the Michael Flynn case and how rogue elements within the intelligence community operated in a clandestine manner in order to frame Flynn to take down Trump.

At the same time, the NSA must ensure that the U.S. protects our own national security information from those who would do us harm. These are the capabilities that the National Security Agency provides to our nation, to our leaders and to our fellow Americans – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

On May 4, 2018, Nakasone replaced Navy Admiral Michael S. Rogers, as commander, and the 17th Director of the National Security Agency and Central Security Service, who flagged POTUS about the wiretaps and FISA abuse.

NSA’s, SIGINT division, and specifically its Cybersecurity unit, works to gather intelligence from all electronic communications and the internet to monitor potential threats from groups in order to identify and understand them.

SIGINT’s mission is limited to gathering information about international terrorists and foreign powers, organizations, or persons.

Cybersecurity targets intelligence and threats derived from the internet.
The National Security Agency is responsible for providing foreign Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) to our nation’s policy-makers and military forces.

SIGINT plays a vital role in our national security by providing America’s leaders with critical information they need to defend our country, save lives, and advance U.S. goals and alliances globally.

SIGINT is intelligence derived from electronic signals and systems used by foreign targets, such as communications systems, radars, and weapons systems. SIGINT provides a vital window for our nation into foreign adversaries’ capabilities, actions, and intentions.

Part of the overall National Defense Strategy is to restore America’s competitive edge by blocking global rivals Russia and China from challenging the U.S. and our allies and to keep those rivals from throwing the current international order out of balance.

The NSA is notoriously secret, as in No Such Agency, but in February 2020, via Twitter, the division announced it had been working to strengthen electronic security for elections. Obviously out of their purview are the paper ballot problems of vote by mail facing the country as the pandemic is used to enable that, but, at least Americans should know the ballot box we visit in person is secured.

The NSA also develops open source projects to help programmers protect users across the wider web. One example developed by NSA’s Research Directorate for NSA’s cybersecurity mission is Ghidra, whose logo of a serpent in the infiniti shape happens to look a lot like the 8kun logo, is a software reverse engineering (SRE) framework that helps analyze malicious code and malware like viruses. It can give cybersecurity professionals a better understanding of potential vulnerabilities in their networks and systems.

How the NSA interfaces with the DNI is helping the latter ensure that timely and objective national intelligence is provided to the President, the heads of departments and agencies of the executive branch, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and senior military commanders, and the Congress.

The DNI also oversees the coordination of relationships with the intelligence or security services of foreign governments and international organizations.

To meet these threats, our national leaders, military leaders, policy makers and law enforcement personnel must understand who our adversaries are, where they are, and what their capabilities, plans and intentions are.

Cyber threats to U.S. national and economic security increase each year in frequency, scope and severity of impact. Cyber criminals, hackers and foreign adversaries are becoming more sophisticated and capable every day in their ability to use the Internet for nefarious purposes.

Terrorists and extremist groups today use the power of the Internet, especially social media, to spread their messages of hate and intolerance, and to recruit new members, often targeting vulnerable young people. The global reach of cyberspace and the complexity of its networks provide bad actors ample places to hide, safe from the reach of international law.

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