A central point for collection of information that relates to computer security. Including, but not limited to, security advisories from the major vendors, major data breaches, “phishing” alerts, commentary regarding staffing levels. etc. etc.
March 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm #156985
NCTC== National Counter Terrorism Center:
GUIDELINES FOR ACCESS, RETENTION, USE, AND DISSEMINATION BY THE NATIONAL COUNTERTERRORISM CENTER AND OTHER AGENCIES OF INFORMATION IN DATASETS CONTAINING NON-TERRORISM INFORMATION
A. Pursuant to section 119( d) of the National Security Act of 1947. as amended. the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) shall “serve as the primary organization in the United States Government for analyzing and integrating all intelligence possessed or acquired by the United States Government pertaining to terrorism and counterterrorism. excepting intelligence pertaining exclusively to domestic terrorists and domestic counterterrorism.” NCTC shall also “serve as the central and shared knowledge bank on known and suspected terrorists and international terror groups, as well as their goals. strategies, capabilities. and networks of contacts and support”; ensure that agencies “have access to and receive all-source intelligence support needed to execute their counterterrorism plans or perform independent, alternative analysis”; and “ensure that such agencies have access to and receive intelligence needed to accomplish their assigned activities.” Furthermore, any agency “authorized to conduct counterterrorism activities may request information” from NCTC ”to assist it in its responsibilities.” ld. § 119(e)(2). Finally, the Director ofNational Intelligence (DNI) also has significant responsibilities for information sharing. He has “principal authority to ensure maximum availability ofand access to intelligence information” within the Intelligence Community (IC). ld. §.102A(g)(1). When he establishes standards for facilitating access to and dissemination ofinformation and intelligence, the DNI should give ”the highest priority to detecting. preventing, preempting and disrupting terrorist threats and activities.” Executive Order 12333 § 1.3(b)(6)(A).
March 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm #156996
Commentary from the Washington Post
The Obama administration has approved guidelines that allow counterterrorism officials to lengthen the period of time they retain information about U.S. residents, even if they have no known connection to terrorism.
The changes allow the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), the intelligence community’s clearinghouse for terrorism data, to keep information for up to five years. Previously, the center was required to promptly destroy — generally within 180 days — any information about U.S. citizens or residents unless a connection to terrorism was evident.
The new guidelines, which were approved Thursday by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., have been in the works for more than a year, officials said.
The guidelines have prompted concern from civil liberties advocates.
Those advocates have repeatedly clashed with the administration over a host of national security issues, including its military detention without trial of individuals in Afghanistan and at Guantanamo Bay, its authorization of the killing of U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in a drone strike in Yemen, and its prosecution of an unprecedented number of suspects in the leaking of classified information.
March 26, 2012 at 1:30 pm #156994
More Commentary from Nakedsecurity Sophos’s blog
New US counter-terrorism guidelines can hold data on citizens for years
US government has granted permission to its counter-terrorism officials to stretch out how long they can retain information about citizens, even if those citizens aren’t tied to terrorism.
The new guidelines were agreed Tuesday last week, according to The Washington Post.
The changes allow the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)—the intelligence community’s clearinghouse for terrorism data—to hold, search and retrieve information for up to five years.
That is ten times longer than they were formerly allowed to retain records. Under old guidelines, the NCTC was generally required to destroy data about US citizens or residents within 180 days, unless the center had evidence that a given individual could be connected with terrorism.
March 27, 2012 at 6:25 pm #156992
more feedback this one from aNetwork world blog:
Counterterrorism database stores all Americans as potential domestic terrorists
Just when you thought domestic spying couldn’t get any crazier, the new counterterrorism guidelines basically claim we all may be domestic terrorists. Innocent American citizens, your personal info will be stored for five years in a government database and datamined to connect the dots. The Orwellian Total Information Awareness program seems to be alive and kicking, reborn under another name but still ripe for abuse.
June 29, 2012 at 4:54 am #156990
John Douglas PorterParticipant
That one is just silly. NCTC does not have data on “all Americans”, and it never will.
Note that the job of addressing purely domestic terrorism belongs to the FBI, not NCTC.
June 29, 2012 at 5:03 am #156988
John Douglas PorterParticipant
Also, this has nothing to do with “domestic spying”. NCTC does not “collect”; in fact, they are statutorily forbidden from collecting. All of the data they get, they get from other agencies, such as DHS.
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