Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper announced Thursday the leadership of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC). Director Tonya Ugoretz will lead the center, with Deputy Maurice (Mo) Bland and Research Director Thomas (Tom) Donahue rounding out the leadership team.
Last February, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the DNI to establish the CTIIC, which received congressional authorization and funding in the December omnibus bill.
Similar to ODNI’s other mission centers—such as the National Counterproliferation Center and the National Counterintelligence and Security Center—CTIIC integrates an interagency team singularly focused on its core missions, including: providing integrated all-source analysis of foreign cyber threats and cyber incidents affecting U.S. national interests; helping ensure that the U.S. government has access to the latest integrated intelligence on cyber threats; and facilitating and supporting efforts by the government to counter these foreign cyber threats.
CTIIC will fuse intelligence and “connect the dots” regarding malicious foreign cyber threats to the nation so that relevant departments and agencies and policymakers are aware of these threats in as close to real time as possible.
“CTIIC will lead integrated community analysis of our cyber adversaries and support interagency efforts to develop whole-of-government opportunities against cyber threats,” Director Clapper said. “It will build understanding of cyber threats to inform government-wide decision-making.”
CTIIC will assume its role as a cornerstone of the government’s cybersecurity capabilities by allowing the government to unify intelligence in support of network defense and law enforcement efforts to better address the most pressing cyber threats to our nation in support of the Administration’s strategic cybersecurity goals of raising our cyber defenses, disrupting adversary activity, and effectively responding to cyber incidents.