New cyber intelligence agency created by Obama

02/27/2015 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Colorado – President Barack Obama has established a new agency to counter cyber threats. As reported by WebProNews, the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC) has been developed to centralize and organize cyber attacks as ordered through a memorandum.

The White House is quoted as stating of the effort, “Cyber threats are among the gravest national security dangers to the United States. Our citizens, our private sector, and our government are increasingly confronted by a range of actors attempting to do us harm through identity theft, cyber-enabled economic espionage, politically motivated cyber attacks, and other malicious activity.”

As noted in the report, the agency will be granted an initial budget of $35 million and have a staff of approximately 50 people.

The White House is further quoted as stating of the agency’s role, “The CTIIC will not be an operational center…It will not collect intelligence, manage incident response efforts, direct investigations, or replace other functions currently performed by existing departments, agencies, or government cyber centers.

“Instead, the CTIIC will support the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in its network defense and incident response mission; the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF) in its mission to coordinate, integrate, and share information related to domestic cyber threat investigations; and U.S. Cyber Command in its mission to defend the nation from significant attacks in cyberspace. The CTIIC will provide these entities, as well as other departments and agencies, with intelligence needed to carry out their cybersecurity missions.”

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