The CIA has announced plans to restructure its organisations to put digital and cyber skills at the heart of operations and investigations.
The move comes despite widespread criticism of US spy agencies' cyber surveillance tactics since the Edward Snowden leaks of 2013.
The plans were laid out by CIA director John Brennan in an unclassified version of an internal memo entitled Our Agency’s Blueprint for the Future.
Brennan said in the document that digital had to be put at the heart of all CIA operations to ensure maximum success.
"Digital technology holds great promise for mission excellence, while posing serious threats to the security of our operations and information, as well as to US interests more broadly," he said.
“We must place our activities and operations in the digital domain at the very centre of all our mission endeavours.”
Brennan explained that the CIA will create a new senior position to oversee the integration of digital and cyber skills in a new CIA unit called the Directorate of Digital Innovation.
"The new Directorate will be responsible for overseeing the career development of our digital experts as well as the standards of our digital tradecraft,” he added.
The move to focus on digital skills brings the CIA more into the realm of the National Security Agency (NSA), which has was shown to have been involved in major programmes to monitor digital communications such as PRISM.
Ken Westin, senior security analyst at Tripwire, said that the CIA memo posed several questions about where "the CIA ends and the NSA begins" and the data they can share and use.
"There is still a great deal of overlap with regards to the data and systems these agencies can access, so it will be important to have proper oversight to limit their capabilities and the data they can access as well as the techniques used," he said.
The CIA landed itself in hot water last year when it was revealed that staff used internal machines to spy on a Senate panel that was reporting on its interrogation and detention techniques.
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