Obama to Create Cyber Data-Sharing Unit

Second Such Unit to Be Created in the Last Few Months

The White House is preparing to unveil a new “cyber data-sharing” unit this week, according to reports, and will be placing it under the Director of National Intelligence (DNI).

The new unit will be called the Cyber Threat and Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC), and its mission seems to directly overlap with a similar center created by Congress a few months ago, the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC).

Both are nominally to manage reports of threats from various intelligence agencies. So why do we need two entire centers to handle a handful of reports going to a handful of other agencies?

The smart money, however, is on the planned revived CISPA getting folded into all this. Intended to give corporations legal immunity for all data shared with the federal government in violation of privacy agreements, on the grounds of national security, this wealth of data could be just the reason the administration is creating these centers to manage cyber data.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.