New Center Being Created to Streamline Cybersecurity Strategy

The increasing threat posed by cyberattacks has prompted the US government to establish a new agency called the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (“CTIIC”), the Washington Post reported. The  Office of the Director of National Intelligence (“ODNI”) will oversee the new department along with other centers including the National Counterterrorism Center (“NCTC”), adds the report. The CTIIC is modeled after the NCTC, Fortune reported, for that reason, it is unlikely that this new department will actually conduct any intelligence gathering operations of its own.

Instead, the new department is designed to streamline the government’s cybersecurity strategy and will likely bring together information gathered by other agencies, as well as the private sector, Motherboard reported. Several agencies already have cyber-operations centers, including the FBI, CIA, NSA, and DHS, reported the Washington Post. The CTIIC will likely serve as a hub where cyber intelligence from these various agencies will be integrated, analyzed and processed in order to form one cohesive response to cyberthreats and attacks, just as the NCTC does with intelligence pertaining to terrorism.

But the move is already being criticized by some who see it as just another layer of bureaucracy, the Washington Post reported. The NCTC was received by similar criticism and was initially opposed by agencies, according to the report. However, the NCTC was designed to provide agencies with vital analysis allowing the agencies to focus on their own missions, as with the FBI and its investigations, the article reported.

Another criticism comes from Motherboard, which reported that the new department will just create another surveillance regime that may implicate civil liberties. It is unclear whether the CTIIC will have maintain an international cyberthreats or domestic threats as well, Motherboard reported. Further, Motherboard reported that it is likely that an information sharing regime between private companies and the government will be needed for the new department to conduct its planned activities. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act (“CISPA”) is an example of a bill that will allow this kind of information sharing. However, it has not been passed yet, and was just recently reintroduced in January, after failing to pass in the Senate in the past, the report added.

An executive order outlining the CTIIC’s duties will be signed by President Obama on Friday, February 13, during the White House Cyber Summit being held at Stanford University, according to Motherboard.

Lisa Monaco’s remarks can be found here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/02/11/remarks-prepared-delivery-assistant-president-homeland-security-and-coun

 

 

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Professor William Snyder

Professor William C. Snyderis a member of the faculty of the Institute for National Security and Counter-terrorism at Syracuse University after fifteen years with the United States Department of Justice.

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a third year law student at Syracuse University College of Law, and is also pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Ryan spent time with Homeland Security Investigations while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University, and spent his first summer of law school as clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York. He is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and participates in the Veteran’s Legal Clinic. Full biography

Shelby E. Mann

Ryan D. WhiteShelby is a second year law student at the Syracuse University College of Law. During her final year at the University of Missouri, she served as a full-time news producer for ABC 17 News. Shelby spent her first summer of law school at the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office in Memphis, Tenn., in the Public Corruption and Economic Crimes Unit. She is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. Full biography

Christopher w. FolkChristopher W. Folk

is a 2017 graduate of SU College of Law. A non-traditional student, Christopher returned to academia after spending nearly twenty years in the high tech industry. Christopher served in the Marine Corps, graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. In Applied Economics and Business Management, attended Northeastern University’s High-Tech MBA Program and received a M.S. In Computer Information Systems. Christopher previously worked in Software Engineering. Christopher is currently serving his second term as Town Justice for the Town of Waterloo. Christopher externed with a Cybersecurity firm in the Washington, D.C. area between his first and second year at SU College of Law. Full biography

Anna Maria Castillo

is 2016 graduate of Syracuse College of Law. She also holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She has interned at a London-based think-tank that specializes in transnational terrorism and global security and at the legal department of a defense contractor. She served as an executive editor in the Syracuse Law Review. Full biography

Jennifer A. CamilloJennifer A. Camillo

is a 2015 graduate of Syracuse College of Law and is a prosecutor. She has served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York and the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office and as an extern in the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office. She was a member of the Syracuse National Trial Team and was awarded the Tiffany Cup by the New York Bar Association for her trial advocacy achievements.

Tara J. PistoreseTara J. Pistorese

holds Juris Doctor and Masters of Public Administration degrees from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and its College of Law. She wrote for this blog when a student. She is now a member of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.

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is both a scholar and a Federal Agent of the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany. (Opinions expressed here are his own and not any part of official duty.) Full biography

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