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By Joseph Menn. National Security Agency, seeking to rebut accusations that it hoards information about vulnerabilities in computer software, thereby leaving U. The re-assurances may be misleading, because the NSA often uses the vulnerabilities to make its own cyber-attacks first, according to current and former U. Only then does NSA disclose them to technology vendors so that they can fix the problems and ship updated programs to customers, the officials said. At issue is the U. The term zero-day comes from the amount of warning users get to patch their machines protectively; a two-day flaw is less dangerous because it emerges two days after a patch is available.
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. SIGINT is intelligence derived from electronic als 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.
NSA produces intelligence in response to formal requirements levied by those who have an official need for intelligence, including all departments of the Executive Branch of the United States Government. The SIGINT mission must keep pace with advances in the high-speed, multifunctional technologies of today's information age.
The ever-increasing volume, velocity and variety of today's als make the production of relevant and timely intelligence for military commanders and national policy-makers more challenging and exciting than ever. While modern telecommunications technology poses ificant challenges to SIGINT, the many languages used in the nations and regions of the world that are of interest to our military and national leaders require NSA to maintain a wide variety of language capabilities as well.
Indeed, successful SIGINT depends on the skills of language professionals, mathematicians, analysts, and engineers, to name just a few. The critical thinking and vitality required to accomplish our strategic goals depend on a diverse workforce, divergent points of view, and a fully-inclusive environment.
NSA has a strong tradition of employing dedicated, highly-qualified people deeply committed to maintaining the Nation's security. While technology will obviously continue to be a key element of our future, NSA recognizes that technology is only as good as the people creating it and the people using it. Understanding the Threat. als Intelligence. Support to the Military.