The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC) is expected to be staffed and operational by year’s end FY2016. Journalist Nicole Blake Johnson provides a comprehensive preview of the center’s mission, goals, and objectives in a recent FedTech article. Ten facts—released by the White House—are summarized here:
1) The center will ensure that threat indicators of malicious cyber activity and, as appropriate, related threat reporting contained in intelligence channels are downgraded to the lowest classification possible for distribution to federal agencies and the private sector.
2) S. private-sector companies will not engage directly with the CTIIC to provide or receive cyber threat data.
3) All departments and agencies that perform cybersecurity functions in government will work closely with the new center and receive intelligence for carrying out their missions.
4) Part of the CTIIC’s mission includes connecting the dots about malicious foreign cyber threats to the United States and cyber incidents affecting national interests.
5) The CTIIC will support the DHS’ National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) to carry out its network-defense and incident-response missions.
6) The new center will also work closely with U.S. Cyber Command and the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force to carry out their missions.
7) The CTIIC will not collect intelligence, manage incident-response efforts, direct investigations, or replace other functions performed by existing departments, agencies or government cyber centers.
8) All CTIIC functions, which include accessing, retaining, using and disseminating intelligence data, are to align with privacy and civil liberties policies and frameworks.
9) The CTIIC does not have a permanent home yet. The plan is to place the center in an existing intelligence community facility in the Washington DC area.
10) The 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act gives the DNI authority to establish intelligence centers.
For more information about the CTIIC, see the full FedTech article.
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