James Clapper Introduces New Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center

James Clapper
James Clapper

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has indicated that the new Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center will work to integrate the intelligence community’s cybersecurity reporting efforts rather than counter all threats, The Hill reported Monday.

Cory Bennett writes that Clapper formed CTIIC under instruction from President Barack Obama as the government seeks to address concerns about U.S. cyber defenses amid data breaches and hacking incidents affecting both the private and public sectors.

“I think we can make some value-added contributions,” Clapper, an inductee into Executive Mosaic‘s Wash100 for 2015, said during a recent session with the Council on Foreign Relations.

Nicole Blake Johnson also reports Monday on FedTech that the new integration center is under the DNI’s purview and should be fully operational by the end of the next fiscal year.

The report said CTIIC will oversee the dissemination of information on threat indicators using the lowest data classification and assess cyber incidents for connections or patterns in line with policies on privacy and civil liberties.

It will also support the mission or operations of the National Security Council, the Cyber Response Group, the Department of Homeland Security‘s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, U.S. Cyber Command and the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force, Johnson writes.

The report noted that the DNI’s authorization to form intelligence centers falls under the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act.

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