Our mission is to produce timely analysis that provides insight and warning concerning the growing cyber threat. We are America's first line of defense, and our function is vital towards protecting and advancing our nation's interests. Our authority to collect information and conduct covert action is bestowed upon us by the U.S. Congress, which has passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, the National Defense Authorization Act, and the USA PATRIOT Act, among others.
We see it as particularly important to ensure that our agents -- many of whom are inevitably at risk through their work for us -- are handled securely and that their identities remain protected. Were their names to be made public, it might place some of them and their families in personal danger. However, we assure you that we hold ourselves -- and each other -- to the highest standards.
We have control. We keep you safe. We are your hope.