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James Clapper: Intell Integration Key to Fight Against Threat Actors

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James Clapper
James Clapper

National Intelligence Director James Clapper has said that cooperation between intelligence and homeland security agencies, law enforcement, state and local governments and the private sector could help help bolster U.S. efforts to combat cyber warfare.

“It’s about helping them to recognize the cultural strengths and capabilities that each of the 17 Intelligence Community elements brings to the table and then getting them to think as a community,” Clapper told an audience Wednesday at the International Conference on Cyber Security.

He said part of his job is to foster intelligence integration and transparency as cyber threats continue to be one of the government’s top concerns in the wake of the Sony hack.

He noted that government and industry must work together to address vulnerabilities and cover the basics of software patching, data segmentation and public awareness as cyber actors become more diverse in offerings and goals.

According to Clapper, intelligence officials must consider these differences as well as the unknowns to help the government make decisions on the response to these threats.

“It’s our job to provide insight into the nature of cyber intrusions and give warnings where we can, and that job is extremely difficult in the absence of international norms and standards.”

He said the intelligence community is also working to balance the protection of civil liberties, privacy and the intelligence tradecraft.

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