Lisa Monaco, the White House’s top aide for counter-terrorism and homeland security, announced that a new Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center will be created in wake of the many hackings and cyber threats which have been making the news. The most notable attack in recent memory being the healthcare company Anthem.
The CTIIC mission is
“a 24×7 cyber situational awareness, incident response, and management center that is a national nexus of cyber and communications integration for the Federal Government, intelligence community, and law enforcement.”
The CTIIC will report directly to the Director of National Intelligence. The new agency is designed to be small with around 50 members and a budget of $35 million according to the Washington Post. It is a bit odd that a new agency is being created when other government divisions already have their own cybersecurity divisions. For instance Homeland Security has the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center. In an interview with the Washington Post’s Melissa Hathaway, former cybersecurity coordinator for the White House, she shared this sentiment:
“We need to be forcing the existing organizations to become more effective — hold them accountable.”
This comes soon after the President’s budget proposal of a $14 billion cybersecurity budget. $14 billion may sound like a lot but considering the overall defense budget it’s really not enough even if it’s headed in the right direction. Realistically, cyber-attacks are the 21st century’s nukes and need to be treated that way.