President Obama Rumored to Create Government Agency for Cyber-Attacks
President Obama is working to create a new government agency to assess and combat the increasing cyber security threat. According to a senior administration official speaking to Bloomberg, the new agency will act as a central point of discussion among other agencies that handle these sort of attacks.
The new agency Obama is proposing is called the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC). The official announcement is rumored to take place this coming Tuesday by Lisa Monaco, an assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism.
Hacking incidences keep taking place against the United States and companies that claim the country as residence, best showcased by the recent Anthem Inc., hacking. 80 million sensitive data files were compromised, making it one of the largest hackings on U.S. soil. Prior to the Anthem hacking, Sony Pictures Entertainment fell victim to a near-crippling hack to their business.
In response, Sony pulled a controversial film called The Interview that sparked the hacking in the first place – a move that Obama saw as incorrect.
I’m sympathetic to the concerns they faced. Having said all that, I think they made a mistake.
Obama continued, saying he wished they’d worked more with the White House before making their decision.
I wish [Sony] had spoken to me first. I would have told them do not get into a pattern where you’re intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks.
Because Obama was not able to get in contact with Sony, he was unable to give them advice. It looks like he’s creating the CTIIC to solve the communication problem for all companies that are hacked in the United States.
Monaco set up the Cyber Response Group in July, consisting of national security officials hailing from the Pentagon and FBI, as well as other agencies. It’s unclear at this point whether or not the CTIIC will take over the previous responsibilities of Monaco’s group.
Obama Noticing the Increasing International Cyber Threat
Over the past few months, Hacked has reported on major breaches and security concerns on American companies. A constant tie between most of these hackings is the fact that they’re carried out by hackers in foreign countries.
For example, the FBI claims the infamous Sony hack was carried out by North Korea, but a security firm claims Russian hackers were behind the incident. Forbes also recently fell victim to a malware hack, supposedly brought on by Chinese hackers. Foreign hackers seem to be targeting certain outlets in the United States, a notion that hurts the country as a whole.
One thing is certain – the international threat to American companies is growing. There are obvious ways to combat it, be it decentralization or strong authentication methods, but communication seems to be Obama’s focus. If the sources are correct, communication and faster responsive action may be seen in future hacking incidents.
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