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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson listens at left as President Barack Obama speaks at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in Arlington, Va., on Jan. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The White House has announced the creation of a new operational hub, the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, to consolidate intelligence on cyber threats to the nation and share the information with the various agencies charged with guarding our safety.

The creation of the new center was announced Feb 10 during a speech at the Wilson Center by Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, according to the White House.

“As President Obama’s Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor, I brief him every morning on the most significant, destructive, and horrific threats facing the American people.  since I began this job two years ago, I can tell you that an increasing share of the bad news I deliver is unfortunately on cyber threats,” Monaco said, according to a copy of her speech.

Security operators and policymakers would benefit from having swift, centralized access to intelligence regarding cyber threats, Monaco added. The new Center would collect and share intelligence on cyber threats from across agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Central Intelligence Agency, mirroring a similar effort to better share and analyze intelligence on terrorism threats across agencies in the aftermath of 9/11.

“In the cyber context, we need to share threat information more broadly and coordinate our actions so that we’re all working to achieve the same goal,” she added. “We need to sync up our intelligence with our operations and respond quickly to threats against our citizens, our companies, and our nation.”

The announcement of the new intelligence hub comes at a time when massive hacking operations against U.S. targets are becoming increasingly frequent. Last November saw the high profile hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which the White House blamed on North Korean hackers, while last week, health insurance company Anthem was the latest company to announce a major breach of its computer network, affecting the personal data of 80 million people, according to CNET.com.

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