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John Brennan: CIA Shapes Strategy on Cyber-Counterterrorism, Foreign Intell Relationships

John Brennan
John Brennan

CIA Director John Brennan has outlined the agency’s international strategy and partnership with foreign allies in light of current and emerging challenges and opportunities in the global security landscape.

In his remarks at a recent Council on Foreign Relations event and published Friday on the CIA website, Brennan said the strategy focuses on addressing concerns about information and communication technologies.

“The overall threat of terrorism is greatly amplified by today’s interconnected world, where an incident in one corner of the globe can instantly spark a reaction thousands of miles away; and where a lone extremist can go online and learn how to carry out an attack without ever leaving home,” he said.

The CIA director noted that while these technologies can be useful, they also present a threat to national security, particularly through cyber attacks on network vulnerabilities.

According to Brennan, a combination of cybersecurity and counterterrorism work as well as the collaboration and sharing of cyber expertise between CIA, other federal agencies and the private sector will help meet these global security challenges.

CIA also reinstated a senior role to help the agency leverage foreign intelligence relationships as part of ongoing reorganization efforts in response to the identified developments, he added.

Brennan said these are in line with other initiatives that include the creation of a digital innovation directorate and mission centers to integrate CIA functions.

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