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Presidential Memo Aims to Advance Sharing, Use of National Security Threat Actor Data

President Donald Trump has signed a memorandum that seeks to advance analysis, integration, sharing and use of classified data on threat actors and their networks in support of national security missions.

The White House memo published Thursday would direct the U.S. attorney general, Department of Homeland Security secretary and director of national intelligence to lead the creation and enforcement of technical architectures and policy frameworks to facilitate use and sharing of identity attributes and associated derogatory data related to evaluated information on threat actors.

The document also calls for the Defense Department secretary to work with the attorney general, DHS chief and DNI to identify the agency that will serve as executive agent for each category of threat actor information.

The Commerce Department secretary shall oversee an interagency effort to set up frameworks for data exchange and application profiles for identity attributes.

The policy would require DNI to collaborate with the Intelligence Community to implement platforms for the publication of identity attributes in machine readable formats as well as direct the director of the office of science and technology policy to work with other agencies to align federally funded research and development programs that aim to streamline the use, integration and management of threat actor information.

The attorney general, DNI and heads of DHS and DoD should submit to the president within 270 days a plan on how to implement the memo’s requirements.

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