A New Government Agency Will Fight Digital Terrorism

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In the wake of the Sony Pictures hack the Obama administration is to establish a new government agency which will "combat the deepening threat from cyberattacks," according to the Washington Post.

The newspaper explains that, later today, the president's counterterrorism chief will announce the new agency, which will be known as the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center. It will be modelled on the National Counterterrorism Center, which was set up following the September 11th attacks—when the government was criticized for failing to share effectively share and act on intelligence.

After the recent Sony hack, the FBI, NSA and CIA all drew different conclusions. The CTIIC will instead acts as a centralized agency to bring together a cohesive response. The agency will initially be staffed with 50 people, working with a budget of $35 million a year. It will, the newspaper claims, not conduct any surveillance work itself, instead working with public and private partners to detects possible threats.

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It's not clear exactly how the organization will differentiate itself from other government agencies, though. Indeed, former White House cybersecurity coordinator Melissa Hathaway said to the paper that "we should not be creating more organizations and bureaucracy. We need to be forcing the existing organizations to become more effective — hold them accountable."

Quite how effective the agency will prove remains to be seen, then. But one thing is clear: the government is definitely taking digital warfare far more seriously than ever. [Washington Post]

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Honestly, I think major businesses are entirely responsible for their own security, and taxpayers shouldn't be paying to help protect their digital infrastructure. I work for a global software company, and we are very careful to maintain an advanced and well-monitored infrastructure and do not need Uncle Sam to do it for us.

On another note, this awakens the deeply buried conspiracy theorist inside me. Such a group could conceivably easily be used to monitor the activity of those who haven't broken the law (based on the scope given them by the government).

Honestly, the answer is just to secure your shit. Period. Sony had it coming, considering how bad their security infrastructure was designed. I mean, come on...master password spreadsheets?