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DNI announces CTIIC leadership

DNI_Ugoretz_Tonya_370Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has named a career FBI analyst and an Iraq War veteran to head up the cyber intelligence center that the White House ordered created after the massive hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Tonya Ugoretz, the FBI’s former chief intelligence officer, will head the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center. She has done stints at the CIA, Department of Homeland Security and National Intelligence Council, and is listed as an adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University.

Maurice Bland, who most recently was the National Security Agency’s associate deputy director for cyber, will serve as Ugoretz’s deputy. Bland has done two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to his official biography.

Ugoretz and Bland could be talking face-to-face with President Obama following the next large-scale hack of U.S. assets.

Clapper also tapped Thomas Donahue, a nearly three-decade veteran of the CIA with a PhD in electrical engineering, as CTIIC’s research director. The center will “build understanding of cyber threats to inform government-wide decision-making,” Clapper said in a statement.

The White House announced the creation of CTIIC last February. It is based at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and is modeled after the National Counterterrorism Center in an effort to “connect the dots” on cyber threats. Michael Daniel and Lisa Monaco, respectively the top White House advisers on cybersecurity and counterterrorism, have been the driving forces behind CTIIC, according to an administration official involved in the agency’s standup.

CTIIC is meant to fill a void in the bureaucratic chain of command wherein Obama had no one entity to turn to for an all-source briefing on foreign cyber threats. That void became abundantly clear to White House officials after the digital destruction of Sony Pictures’ IT systems in November 2014.

The agency got off to a rocky start. House lawmakers were irked that they didn’t get a heads-up on its creation, and DHS officials were worried that the new agency might encroach on their own work.

But several months later, agency turf battles that appeared ready to unfold have been quieted, and there is agreement on Capitol Hill on the need for CTIIC, according to the administration official. The omnibus package funding the government this fiscal year includes money for CTIIC; the exact amount of funding is classified.

“CTIIC is vital because the foreign cyber threats we face as a nation are increasing in volume and sophistication,” DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement. “The CTIIC will help DHS better understand various cyber threats and provide targeted intelligence community support” to the department’s own cyber threat center.

Bland’s battlefield experience could come in handy, as there is increasingly a cyber dimension to kinetic war. A key to the “surge” of U.S. troops in Iraq in 2007 was an accompanying surge in cyber weapons that the NSA unleashed, as journalist Shane Harris reported in his book “@War.”

Bland’s LinkedIn profile touts his experience “leading numerous efforts regarding the organization of cyber units, policy, and authorities related to cyber operations.”

Drone Technology Will Revolutionize Security


DroneAccording to John Minor, Campus Safety Magazine advances in drone technology will revolutionize campus security.

And he is on target, so to speak. Done technology will also revolutionize the tactics and techniques for the military and law enforcement in a world becoming increasingly more violent and crime prone. Gone are the days when commanders and cops sent out scouts to surveil and predict enemy or crooks movement. Now, they can put up a drone eyeball and kill the enemy and effectively stop the crooks. Drone bomb drops are now feared by the Islamic Terrorists and likewise, legitimate law enforcement surveillance technology like wire taps and drones will also send shivers up the spines of drug cartels, mafia members, and street thugs. Information is power and drones will certainly send timely information/intelligence to those who keep us safe because.

Commercial drones can be expected to become a key part of future security and surveillance systems, and serve as an especially good fit for the security needs of universities and schools. Drones offer many benefits that stationary cameras cannot, and act as a fast-launching, easy-to-operate, portable and cheap replacement. Unlike fixed video surveillance systems, drones can be deployed at a moment’s notice, and monitor hard-to-reach and high-risk locations. The technology can also provide first responders with real-time situational awareness during campus emergencies. Drones offer a more comprehensive security surveillance system, and could likely be used for many security applications–potential areas including banks, transportation, construction sites, and more. Some of these applications are already underway, such as at BP, which uses drones to inspect the security of oil facilities in Alaska. The company employs 6-foot-long, fixed-wing Puma Aerovironment drones to conduct aerial surveys, and was the first company to obtain FAA approval to do so.

See additional information on drones:  The Digital Age