Cyber and Intelligence Policy Center

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The Cyber and Intelligence Policy Center (CIP) helps U.S. and allied cyber and intelligence communities understand the changing roles of cyber operations and intelligence in a rapidly evolving global environment. CIP helps leaders assess the impact of technological trends, prioritize data collection needs, rebalance resources, safeguard information and systems, and manage operations. CIP analyses lead to sound policy decisions and transformational advancements.

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Research Focus Areas

Ensuring Broad Spectrum Security

Broad spectrum security encompasses security-clearance vetting for a trusted workforce; security of facilities and systems; protection of information from unauthorized disclosures; protection of human capital; security throughout acquisition and supply chain processes; and warnings, indicators, and protections from regional and transnational threats. CIP teams conduct gap analyses, recommend organizational efficiencies, and suggest process improvements to help sponsors perform their missions more securely.

Optimizing Information

CIP teams help sponsors make the most of their data and intelligence—from information collection, management, storage, and access through information utilization, analysis, exploitation, and dissemination. Optimizing information could mean leveraging the interdependencies among intelligence collection systems, refining the processes of handling and using data, comparing the costs and benefits of alternative types of data or intelligence, balancing the risks against rewards of acquiring and using data, and sharpening the skills and tools of information personnel.

Expanding Capabilities

Sponsors can expand their cyber and intelligence capabilities through incremental, transformational, or revolutionary improvements in organizations, processes, or personnel. CIP focuses on enterprise management, process innovation, human tradecraft, and other non-technological enhancements for cyber and intelligence missions.

Leveraging Technology

Organizations can upgrade their uses of existing technologies, adapt to emerging technologies, or develop technical solutions for defeating adversary technologies. CIP analyses can engender technology applications that transform business practices, serve as mission enablers or multipliers, or enhance human-technology interfaces.

Improving Frameworks

Frameworks pertain to the legal, regulatory, policy, and operational structures in which organizations function. CIP helps align frameworks by considering such issues as encryption and decryption legalities, tensions between national security and transparency, restrictions on mission performance, and challenges for organizational cultures.