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DHS’ Suzanne Spaulding: New Cyber Intell Center to Serve Multiple Functions

Suzanne Spaulding
Suzanne Spaulding

The Department of Homeland Security expects the government’s planned cyber threat intelligence center to serve several functions beyond just cybersecurity, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

DHS envisions the center as a hub that will combine cyber intelligence with traditional sources and declassify the data to share information with non-intelligence community users, Jared Serbu reports.

Suzanne Spaulding, undersecretary for DHS’ national protection and programs directorate, told a conference the center must work to consolidate the IC’s knowledge about malware and information on state and non-state actors that use the malware, according to the report.

“I’m looking forward to the day when we can sit down with not just the cyber experts in the intelligence community, but also with the regional experts who can tell us why a given actor is doing what they’re doing,” Spaulding said during the New America Foundation’s conference in Washington.

Serbu writes the Obama administration will fashion the new center after the National Counterterrorism Center to collect data about current cyber threats into a centralized hub.

Spaulding said the DHS plans to form a third-party nonprofit organization that would record the outcomes of existing nongovernmental data sharing and analysis centers in collaboration with industry, the report says.

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