U.S. intelligence authorities stand up center to share cyber security threats among government agencies

WASHINGTON, 18 Feb. 2015. U.S. intelligence authorities are standing up a new center that for the first time will produce coordinated cyber threat assessments for sharing rapidly among existing cyber centers and other government elements.

U.S. intelligence authorities stand up center to share cyber security threats among government agencies
U.S. intelligence authorities stand up center to share cyber security threats among government agencies
WASHINGTON, 18 Feb. 2015. U.S. intelligence authorities are standing up a new center that for the first time will produce coordinated cyber threat assessments for sharing rapidly among existing cyber centers and other government elements.

Officials of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in Washington is creating the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC) will analyze and integrate information already collected under existing authorities to enable existing cyber centers to do their jobs more effectively, officials say.

The center will serve a similar function for cyber as the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) does for terrorism, explains Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counter terrorism.

The NCTC, established in 2004, puts into action a 9/11 Commission recommendation -- to break the older mold of national government organizations and be a center for joint operational planning and joint intelligence, staffed by personnel from the various agencies.

Related: Pentagon plans to increase spending for cyber security activities by $400 million next year

“No single government entity is responsible for producing coordinated cyber threat assessments, ensuring that information is shared rapidly among existing cyber centers and other [government] elements, and supporting the work of operators and policy makers with timely intelligence about the latest cyber threats and threat actors," Monaco says.

President Barack Obama’s new budget backs up the commitment to fight cyber threats with $14 billion to protect critical infrastructure, government networks and other systems, Monaco says.

For more information contact the Office of the Director of National Intelligence online at www.dni.gov.

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