U.S. Government to Announce New Cyber Threat Center

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The U.S. government will announce on Tuesday the creation of a cybersecurity center that will monitor and share information on threats around the nation, a senior administration official told NBC News.

The creation of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center will be formally announced on Tuesday afternoon by Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. The CTIIC “will be a national cyber threat intelligence center that will ‘connect the dots’ between various cyber threats to the nation so that relevant departments and agencies are aware of these threats in as close to real time as possible,” the senior administration told NBC News.

President Obama made cybersecurity a prominent part of the walk-up to his State of the Union address, which came after the high-profile hack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids,” Obama said in his address in January.

As first reported in The Washington Post, the new cyber threat agency will work to share information both within the government as well as with companies and other possible victims.

“No existing agency has the responsibility for performing these functions, so we need these gaps to be filled to help the federal government meets its responsibilities in cybersecurity,” the senior administration official said.


--- NBC News Staff