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Virginia Tech expert says cyber leak threatens national security agencies

March 8, 2017

Charles Clancy

Charles Clancy portrait
Charles Clancy

Charles Clancy, director of Virginia Tech’s Hume Center for National Security and Technology, says the WikiLeaks revelations about cybersecurity efforts threatens the operations of U.S. national security agencies.  

Quoting Clancy
“If the documents are genuine, this is a huge hit to the CIA's covert cyber operations program. Coming on the heels of NSA's Shadow Brokers leaks and lingering impacts of the Snowden disclosures, the consequence is a sustained degradation in the intelligence community's sources and methods for cyber espionage necessitating significant new investment to rebuild capability."

“The natural tendency to combat such leaks is to further restrict access to data on classified cyber capabilities, which could come at the expense of effective collaboration and mission impact across divisions and agencies.”

About Clancy
Clancy is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Virginia Tech and directs of the Hume Center for National Security and Technology. Prior to joining Virginia Tech in 2010, he served as a senior researcher at the Laboratory for Telecommunications Sciences, a defense research lab at the University of Maryland, where he led research programs in software-defined and cognitive radio. His current research interests include cognitive communications and spectrum security.

About the Hume Center
The Hume Center leads Virginia Tech's research, education, and outreach programs focused on the challenges of cybersecurity and autonomy in the context of national and homeland security. Education programs provide mentorship, internships, scholarships, and seek to address key challenges in qualified U.S. citizens entering federal service. Current research initiatives include cyber-physical system security, orchestrated missions, and the convergence of cyber warfare and electronic warfare.

Interview
To secure an interview with Clancy, contact Shannon Andrea in the media relations office at sandrea@vt.edu or 703-399-9494.


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