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NSA seeks to combine offense and defense in its spy efforts

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    The National Security Agency tried to drum up support from the security industry for its plans to continue its cybersecurity operations.

    The NSA has two key missions: foreign intelligence-gathering and information assurance. One mission helps the other, as intelligence gathered by one side can be used by the other team to improve how government networks and private sector networks are protected. The NSA will pull together its offensive and defensive capabilities as part of the NSA21, or NSA in the 21st century, plan, said Michael Rogers, commander of the United States Cyber Command and director of the NSA, at the RSA Conference on Tuesday.

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    The NSA needs to figure out how to fulfill its twin missions, but there are some core tenets which can't be ignored, he said. They include accepting that there is no one single answer to solve the problems plaguing information security, and accepting that technology alone can't fix everything. It's important to not forget about the human factor.

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