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CIA Details Agency's New Digital and Cyber Espionage Focus 35

coondoggie writes: It's about 10 years late to the party, but come October 1, the Central Intelligence Agency will add a new directorate that will focus on all things cyber and digital espionage. The CIA's Deputy Director, David Cohen, said to a Cornell University audience last week that once the new Directorate of Digital Innovation (DDI) is up and running, "it will be at the center of the Agency's effort to inject digital solutions into every aspect of our work. It will be responsible for accelerating the integration of our digital and cyber capabilities across all our mission areas—human intelligence collection, all-source analysis, open source intelligence, and covert action."
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CIA Details Agency's New Digital and Cyber Espionage Focus

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  • by EmeraldBot ( 3513925 ) on Tuesday September 22, 2015 @10:17PM (#50579971)

    the Central Intelligence Agency will ad a new directorate

    Let loose the Hump Day Camel upon the masses!

  • It's all a distraction until CIA officials, agents, and various past elected officials are tried for their crimes against humanity: torture. It's time to re-convene Nuremberg.

  • it will be at the center of the Agency's effort to inject digital solutions into every aspect of our work.

    And your work.

  • Howzbout (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anomalyst ( 742352 ) on Tuesday September 22, 2015 @10:47PM (#50580073)
    they secure the existing digtal assets of country from the not-so-scary-ists and educate the federa/state employees about social engineering. If they cant pass a basic cyber security evaluation, put them to work cleaning restrooms and kitchens where they wont endanger the rest of us.
    • ... they secure the existing digtal assets of country from the not-so-scary-ists and educate the federa/state employees about social engineering. If they cant pass a basic cyber security evaluation, put them to work cleaning restrooms and kitchens where they wont endanger the rest of us ...

      The above job description fits Hillary Clinton to a 'T'

  • by gstoddart ( 321705 ) on Tuesday September 22, 2015 @10:55PM (#50580103) Homepage

    it will be at the center of the Agency's effort to inject digital solutions into every aspect of our work. It will be responsible for accelerating the integration of our digital and cyber capabilities across all our mission areas--human intelligence collection, all-source analysis, open source intelligence, and covert action

    My god but that sounds like came out of a mission statement generator.

    The CIA just fucking got Uberered [slashdot.org]

    We seek to leverage synergies and holistically solve problems problems using agile methods and cutting edge technology while streamlining existing process via the generous application of "jazz hands".

    And one time, at Band Camp ...

    • Yes it is a mission statement. Mission statements are an important element in any sustainable governance ecology. They provide guidance when procedure, process and policy fail. Why are we here? What are core domains and responsibilities? Etc.
      • "sustainable governance ecology" .... wow ... don't forget to add synergy, proactivity, breakthrough innovation, client goal convergence, resource utility maximization, etc.

        "guidance when procedure, process and policy fail" ... a little too late at that point, my friend.

        • You forgot "leverage". Leverage is very important, a core value, in fact.

          • Thank you, yes. We must leverage innovative solutions in order to increase mindshare and achieve increasingly challenging objectives in today's ever-shifting geopolitical climate.

    • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

      It was always going to be really lame when the largest crime organisation in the history of mankind starts to play at public relations after a decade of torture, blowing innocent people to bits with drones, turning countries into failed states, generating millions of refugees, being by far the largest drug dealers on planet and basically all round political and business extortionist are us. Recruiting gets pretty hard when all you get to pick from is shit and so the PR merchants must go to work. Want to be

    • More like mission creep. What could possibly go wrong?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Your tax dollars, hard at work being redundant.

  • ""it will be at the center of the Agency's effort to inject digital solutions into every aspect of our work."

    Wow they just come right out and admit it.

  • People who use innovation' in the title usually don't have any.

    "effort to inject digital solutions .. will be responsible for accelerating the integration of our digital and cyber capabilities across all our mission areas"

    Won't that make it for the 'cyber' spies to hack your infrastructure.
  • by xeno ( 2667 ) on Wednesday September 23, 2015 @02:19PM (#50584695)

    We can tell if you're working for an aging government agency if you still use the word "cyber" to describe anything since the 1980's.

    The funny part is "Cyber" is Hill-speak for "newfangled stuff" and the linguistic contortions are hideous: "His section is going to focus on cyber (and get the modems working right)" or "We're going to call in specialists who understand cyber (so that the VCR won't blink 12:00)." Cyber fits right into totally, grody, bitchin', illin', schweet, and wigging out. Living through the 80's was horrible the first time, and these guys just won't let go.

    The sad part is that it actually has a negative impact on recruiting for intel roles, on top of the fact that a .gov/.mil role pays half what you can make in the private sector with similar skills. Flash up the word "cyber" and the recruits that visualize Johnny Mnemonic and stand up quick... those are the ones you want to filter out. Eventually the professionals stand up, see that the pay is shit, and sit back down. So the system actually is biased toward low-skill chaff, or the equivalent of guys who will do anything to be a cop because they really really really want a gun and authority; precisely the kind that you want to keep out of intel positions. It kinda drowns out the good guys, the smart ethical ones who actually want to do the public good.

    Not good.

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