C.I.A. Director talks ISIL, next president and Augusta University’s role in Cyber Security education


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency spoke at Augusta University’s Cyber Summit.

John Brennan discussed ISIL, the upcoming change of presidential administration and Augusta University’s role in educating the next generation of cyber warriors.

The annual Cyber Summit opens the dialogues for government, academia and industry experts.

As Fort Gordon transitions into one of the worlds strongest defenses against Cyber Attacks, the C.I.A. Director says now is the time to define national security and collectively work with all sectors to face the challenges of Cyber Warfare.

It’s no secret the establishment of the Cyber Institute has put Augusta on the map as a hub for Cyber Security experts.

The Cyber Center of Excellence has strengthened the nation’s cyber defense army.

Gaining the attention of key players including Brennan.

The C.I.A Director was appointed to office shortly before President Barack Obama’s second term.

He says with the election right around the corner, he’s been preparing for the upcoming presidential transition.

“Once the election is over. We will be supplying the president-elect with virtually the same intelligence briefings that we provide today to president Obama. We will in essence be serving two presidents at once,” Brennan said.

The C.I.A. Director says the future president has to hit the ground running on day one.

The digital world is uncharted territory and presents daunting challenges for both the president and Central Intelligence Agency.

“I must say ISIL is exceptionally sophisticated,” he said. “Right now we are fighting against ISIL’s External Operations efforts, that we’ve seen such horrific consequences, in places like Paris or Brussels.”

Brennan says ensuring the nations dominance in Cyber Space will take a diverse team. That’s where Augusta University falls into the cyber security mix.

The University’s program is backed by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security preparing the Cyber Institute to cultivate the next great minds in Cyber Defense.

“If you’re a student here at Augusta, I hope that you will strongly consider putting your skills and your talent to work in service of our country.” Brennan said.

The C.I.A. Director says his agency is working to ensure that the election goes smoothly and has no interference..

He says the government is taking the necessary steps to reassure the American people it will be fair.

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