DHS, NSA collaborate to defend cyber attacks

Thursday - 10/21/2010, 5:00pm EDT

The Defense Department is expanding its role by joining forces with the Department of Homeland Security to defend critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.

In a new agreement between the agencies, the Pentagon will provide cyber expertise to other government agencies and to a few select private companies.

Defense News reports that DHS will be able to take advantage of the National Security Agency, the secretive electronic spying agency.

DHS employees will move to the NSA to be closer to the heart of the military's cyber defense capability.

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