The White House will unveil a new agency Tuesday tasked with preventing cyber attacks by sharing intelligence across the government, according to multiple media reports.
The new organization, called the Cyber Threat and Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC), will fall under the control of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. It will serve as a hub of information about cyber threats and share analysis with agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation, The Hill reports.
According to The Washington Post, the concept for the new agency is borrowed from the National Counterterrorism Center, which was established after the September 11 terrorist attacks in response to criticism that government agencies did a poor job at sharing intelligence.
To start, the agency will have 50 employees and a $35 million budget.
“The cyberthreat is one of the greatest threats we face, and policymakers and operators will benefit from having a rapid source of intelligence,” Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, told the Post. Monaco will formally announce the new agency during a speech today in Washington.
The move is part of President Obama's strategy to crack down on cyber threats in the wake of the Sony Pictures hack.
Monaco has reportedly pushed for the creation of a central cyber intelligence agency for some time, but the effort received new life after the Sony hack last November.
But there is some resistance to Obama's plan. Some experts believe the new CTIIC is redundant, because DHS, FBI, CIA, and other agencies already analyze cyber threats.
“We should not be creating more organizations and bureaucracy,” Melissa Hathaway, a former White House cybersecurity coordinator and president of Hathaway Global Strategies, told The Post. “We need to be forcing the existing organizations to become more effective—hold them accountable.”
One key element of the president's plan is private-sector companies sharing data with the new National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center. But some privacy advocates have expressed reservations, The Hill noted.
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