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CIA revamping its operations, shift in focus to digital efforts

The CIA wants to modernize so it is better able to conduct cyber operations

Michael Hatamoto | Mar 10, 2015 at 1:32 pm CDT (0 mins, 51 secs time to read)

The Central Intelligence Agency is undergoing a technology modernization, with officials especially interested in developing its digital abilities. The CIA will appoint a "Directorate of Digital Innovation," tasked with keeping better tabs of cyber technology.

CIA revamping its operations, shift in focus to digital efforts | TweakTown.com

"Our ability to carry out our responsibilities for human intelligence and national security responsibilities has become more challenging" in the current digital landscape, said John Brennan, director of the CIA, in a statement published by Reuters. "And so what we need to do as an agency is make sure we're able to understand all of the aspects of that digital environment."

The NSA and FBI are well known for their cyber surveillance programs, but the CIA and other departments want their respective cyber-related efforts to be updated. Additional details regarding what the CIA hopes to accomplish with a renewed focus on cybersecurity wasn't discussed by CIA officials.

However, it's possible the CIA wants to better track the online activities of the Islamic State, for example, as the military group continues using social media to recruit.

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