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Alexander: Shutdown damages cybercommand morale

Oct. 9, 2013 - 07:29PM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
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The government shutdown is damaging morale among U.S cybersecurity workers, said Gen. Keith Alexander, who serves as NSA director and commander of U.S. Cyber Command.

Alexander expressed worries that government would not be able to retain young cybersecurity professionals, according to an American Forces Press Service article.

“How do you get good talent to come to government when you treat them like that?’ he asked an audience of cybersecurity professionals during a conference at the Newseum,” according to the AFPS article, which also noted Alexander’s concern that leaks by whistleblower Edward Snowden had eroded employee confidence.

“What these people take an oath to do is to protect and defend this country and our civil liberties and privacy, and we’re telling them to stay at home,” Alexander told the conference.

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