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Security agency's chief outlines emerging role of tech firms

The National Security Agency (NSA) is looking to the technology industry for commercial solutions to monitor millions of pieces of data, as it begins to step from behind its highly secretive walls, the agency’s director said on Monday. Lt. General Michael Hayden told an audience of government and industry officials at the 2003 Information Processing Interagency Conference here that commercial technologies will be a key asset in his agency’s “operational transformation” for collecting and managing information. For decades, he said, NSA operated within the Cold War environment, where the communications the organization intercepted were transmitted in an independent space. But technology and the growth of the Internet have forever changed that paradigm, he said. Full Story

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