President Trump issued a memorandum on Oct. 5 requiring the intelligence community to establish an inter-agency information sharing network. Agency heads are required to submit a plan within 270 days. Missing from the memorandum is any mention of existing projects such as the Cyber Threat Intelligence Center (CTIC) or the Intelligence Community IT Enterprise (IC ITE, pronounced ‘eyesight’).
Inter-agency information sharing has been a pressing issue and problem since 9/11 when it was suggested that different agencies had partial information about the terrorist plot, but there was no way to ‘connect the dots’ and see the overall picture. Since then there have been numerous initiatives to improve information sharing — such as the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) and the CTIC and IC ITE projects.