New agency to investigate cyber threats
On Tuesday, February 10, the White House announced that it is creating a new office analyze and integrate intelligence data about cyber threats and combat cyber attacks. The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC) will fall under the purview of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Lisa Monaco, assistant to the President for homeland security and counterterrorism, introduced the CTIIC during a talk at the Wilson Center, saying that “What we need is critical, rapid, integrated intelligence.”
The CTIIC will be modeled after the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), and will integrate intelligence from the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, and other federal agencies, as well as the private sector. The CTIIC will focus on four priorities:
- Improving cyber defense, including widespread adoption of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework;
- Improving the ability to disrupt, respond to and recover from attacks;
- Enhancing international cooperation; and
- Making cyberspace intrinsically more secure, including eliminating passwords as the default security tool and enhancing consumer protection.
In her remarks, Monaco stated that “Cybersecurity is and will remain a defining challenge of the 21st century,” and that “The choices we make today will define the threats we face tomorrow.”
Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, introduced the CTIIC
during a talk at the Wilson Center on February 10. Monaco’s remarks on the CTIIC begin at 18:43.
For more information about the Cyber Threats Intelligence Integration Center, please follow the links below.
Cyber Threats and Vulnerabilities: Securing America’s Most Important Assets, The Wilson Center
New cyber center to coordinate threat intelligence, Federal Times