US creates centralized cybersecurity agency following Sony attack

The White House today will announce the creation of a new agency tasked with thwarting cyberattacks by sharing intelligence across other agencies in the event of a crisis, the Washington Post reports. The new Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC) will be formally unveiled at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC later today. The unit will be created as part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and will start off with a staff of about 50 people and a budget of $ 35 million, officials tell the Post.

The idea is to apply lessons learned after the September 11th terrorist attacks — which were blamed, in part, on intelligence failures — to the realm of cybersecurity. The new agency will be structured like the…

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