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Gen. Keith Alexander, USA (Ret.)

CEO and President, IronNet Cybersecurity; Commander, U.S. Cyber Command (2010-2014) and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service (2005-2014)

A four-star Army general and the highest-ranked military official of U.S. Cyber Command, the National Security Agency and the Central Security Service, General Keith B. Alexander has played a pivotal role in securing our safety at home and abroad for the past decade.

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A Road Map to Freedom: The Strategy of Effective Cyber Security

In an increasingly networked world where industrial control systems and physical infrastructure are linked to the Internet, a cyber-based attack could have astronomically devastating physical and economic effects on society, at home and abroad. No one knows this better than General Keith Alexander, a recognized expert in warfare and security, chief of the Central Security Service and head of USCYBERCOM. What companies really need is a level of certainty that they will detect cyber intrusions–but the question remains, “how do you get there?” Based on his level of experience in both the government and private sector, Alexander provides insights on how to drive such a solution. In a detailed discussion of immense take-home value to economists, technology buffs, business owners, executives, leaders, and citizens across the board, he examines such topics as: the vulnerability of critical infrastructure; the susceptibility of the military’s command and control structure; the dependence of the economy on the Internet’s smooth functioning; and the imperativeness for the private sector to assume its portion of the responsibility for protecting the infrastructure that connects to the Internet. Moreover, he articulates a road map for what is likely to be the strategic challenge of the next several decades: how we protect our increasingly networked world in a way that preserves freedom and liberty.

Staying Ahead of the Curve: Securing a Nation Amid Change

With advanced degrees in both physics and electronic warfare, an unprecedented tenure as head of the NSA, and over 40 years of top-level experience as a leader, General Keith Alexander is among the most influential figures in national security to date. A colossal undertaking given the rapidity of change and the vulnerabilities that change brings—specifically when policy, technology and ways of thinking or looking at the world lag behind—Alexander’s methodology is more than fit for the task. It is multipronged, highly complex, comprehensive, and largely straddles his efforts to protect the nation from cyber attacks. A critical figure in developing and advocating the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative and leading USCYBERCOM, Alexander’s approach to national security helped to bridge the gap between agencies and focus the efforts of the government in ways that not only paralleled but jumped ahead of the trajectory. An agent of change who truly understands its impact, Alexander has transformed the way we think about new domains of warfare and security. In a detailed discussion of critical import to countless members of the public and private sectors, Alexander examines the nation’s current state of affairs, what’s on the horizon, and offers solutions about what we can do to stay ahead of the curve to protect America’s most vulnerable targets and secure our nation for future generations.

The Imperatives of Leadership: What It Takes to Lead and How to Get There

A remarkable leader and strategic visionary, General Keith Alexander—four-star general and the longest-serving director of the world’s largest intelligence service (the NSA)—knows what it takes to get the job done. Tenacious, intelligent and forward-thinking in his dedication to keeping the nation safe, Alexander exudes the imperatives of strong leadership. Prior to his tenure as head of the NSA, CSS and USCYBERCOM, Alexander held a number of high-level posts which nurtured these characteristics and helped to secure his advancement and success, including: deputy chief of staff (G-2, Intelligence); commanding general of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command; director of intelligence for U.S. Central Command; and military intelligence leadership at the company, battalion and brigade level. In a clear and concise presentation of value to all individuals interested in learning what it takes to lead and how to get there, Alexander chronicles the challenges and rewards he has faced over the years and provides audiences with valuable insight on:

  • The imperatives of strong leadership
  • What it takes to lead an agency of small or massive proportions
  • How to provide effective support to team members and organizations at home and abroad
  • What a comprehensive strategy entails and why such an approach is imperative to any establishment’s longevity

Meet Gen. Keith Alexander, USA (Ret.)

A four-star Army general and the highest-ranked military official of U.S. Cyber Command, the National Security Agency and the Central Security Service, General Keith B. Alexander has played a pivotal role in securing our safety at home and abroad for the past decade.

Every day, cyber threats become increasingly complex, sophisticated and intrusive, costing billions of dollars in corporate secrets, private information and brand reputations, and the gap between threats and security only grows wider. As the CEO and President of IronNet Cybersecurity, General Keith Alexander provides strategic vision to corporate leaders to fill this gap on issues through development of cutting edge technology, consulting, education and training. Considered by many as one of the most strategic thinkers in recent U.S. history in the intelligence arena and widely recognized as an indomitable force in the domain of cyberspace, Alexander has additionally served over the past decade as commander of the U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), chief of the Central Security Service (CSS) and is the longest-serving director of the National Security Agency (NSA).

A four-star Army general, Alexander became head of the NSA and CSS in 2005, a pivotal time period for American security due to the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq and the increased threat of cyber attacks. While in office, his efforts resulted in some of the most forward-thinking measures related to the production and management of signals intelligence and information assurance for the U.S. government. When the perils of cyber war reached critical mass in 2010 and the vulnerability of an increasingly networked world became more apparent, Alexander was inaugurated under President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates as first commander of USCYBERCOM, a military institution integral to the nation’s security and prosperity. A visionary commended for his steadfast leadership, Alexander examines the nation’s current state of affairs, what’s on the horizon, and offers solutions about what we can do to stay ahead of the curve to protect America’s most vulnerable targets and secure our nation for future generations.

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