The United States government is creating a new agency to monitor cybersecurity threats, pooling and analyzing information on a spectrum of diffuse risks, a senior Obama administration official said on Tuesday. The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC) will be an “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 official said on condition of anonymity. Obama has moved cybersecurity to the top of his 2015 agenda after recent hacking attacks against Sony Pictures, Home Depot Inc and Target Corp and the federal government itself. The Democratic president sees it as an area where cooperation is possible with the Republican-led Congress. The CTIIC will aim for “seamless intelligence flows among centers, including those responsible for sharing with the private sector,” the official said in an email.