NSA Chief Speaks to Next Generation of Cybersecurity Professionals

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On October 24, U.S. Navy Admiral Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and commander of the United States Cyber Command, spoke to a class of Georgia Tech students about the NSA's role in cybersecurity, privacy, and national security.

Admiral Rogers addressed the “Privacy Technology, Policy, and Law” class taught by College of Computing Professor Annie Antón and Scheller College of Business Professor Peter Swire. The class has more than 60 students with backgrounds in computing, management, and public policy.

After brief opening remarks, he engaged in a lively discussion with students about the challenges facing the NSA in its mission to ensure national security while protecting civil liberties and individual freedoms such as privacy.

The director of the NSA stressed that the agency's mission is to protect the United States and the Constitution, which enshrines individual liberties, including privacy. Student questions included the NSA's role in the encryption debate, recent high profile cyberattacks, and the proposed split of Cyber Command from the NSA. He also encouraged Georgia Tech students to apply to work with his agency.

This is not Admiral Rogers’ first visit to Georgia Tech. Two years ago he filled the G. Wayne Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons Auditorium with students during his Talks at Tech presentation.


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