What does Joyce bring to the table in terms of cyber offense and defense?
SWITCHING SIDES — As the NSA’s top hacker, Rob Joyce, President Donald Trump’s expected new cybersecurity adviser, is an expert at breaking into computer networks. The understanding of how to exploit digital flaws that comes with his NSA role could be a major asset to an administration that is still thin on high-level cyber talent. A review of Joyce’s January 2016 talk at the Usenix security conference in San Francisco shows that Joyce, who has served as head of the NSA’s elite Tailored Access Operations unit since April 2013, knows how to translate his hacker knowledge into digital defense advice. In his 35-minute talk, Joyce doled out a bevy of tips for protecting networks from hackers like him: monitor who is using your network, create a list of approved application and never “assume a crack is too small to be noticed.”