The NSA will keep data on the Internet traffic that traverses it for several years.
That data could include everything from credit card numbers to the names of people who are on Facebook.
The agency will also keep track of the IP addresses of Internet service providers and their customers, which could be useful for determining the origin of cyberattacks.
The information would be stored in a central database known as the Global Targeting Center.
That database will be used to target foreign targets, according to a draft of the directive, and will also contain the location of the computer network used to conduct cyberattacks on U.S. targets.
The document also calls for the NSA to maintain a database of people in the U.K. and Canada whose IP addresses and telephone numbers are tracked by the agency.
The NSA’s new directive does not specify what the data will be kept, but the agency will maintain the current system of tracking Internet traffic in the name of national security.
The order, which was published Thursday, also calls on the NSA’s general counsel to work with the agency’s director, Admiral Mike Rogers, to “develop a plan to provide technical support for this initiative.”
Rogers, who was appointed to the position by President Donald Trump, said the directive is “appropriate.”
The new directive, which is still subject to review by the National Security Council, calls for a more aggressive approach to cyberwarfare than the one used under President Obama.
“We cannot and must not allow the Russian Federation to use their state-sponsored hacking, cyber-enabled disinformation campaigns to undermine the integrity of our elections, or our nation’s democratic processes,” the directive states.
“The threat from Russia is not confined to our borders or our territory.
It exists in every corner of the globe, from cyber to space and beyond.
We must act now to contain this threat, to stop it from re-emerging in ways that threaten our national security.”
The directive comes as lawmakers continue to debate a proposed cybersecurity bill.
The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISPA, would have allowed the U,S.
intelligence community to share cyberthreat information with the private sector.
While the bill has been widely criticized, some lawmakers said they want to see the information shared more broadly, including with foreign governments and private companies.
The White House says it has not received any requests for cooperation from companies.
However, Rogers has said that the new directive will have a significant impact on cybersecurity, and that it will allow the NSA and other intelligence agencies to better defend against cyberattacks in the future.
The new directives will also allow the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to review the agency and the government’s policies on cybersecurity.
The Academies are independent agencies created by Congress to study and report on the effects of technology on human health, society and the environment.
The U.N. agency, the International Telecommunication Union, also has an advisory role in reviewing the draft CISPA legislation.
“There are many aspects of the cyber policy agenda that are still very much in flux, and this new draft directive will likely be a major source of debate,” said the Center for Democracy and Technology’s David A. Graham.
“However, the draft directive does provide some guidance on the ways in which the intelligence community can better defend the nation from a cyberattack.
If CISPA passes in Congress, it will be an important milestone for the cybersecurity community, and for all Americans.”
The Senate and House Intelligence Committees are both reviewing the Cybersecurity Act.
The legislation has been heavily criticized for the number of privacy violations that could result from the new intelligence sharing requirements, and also for its lack of specifics on how to prevent such violations.
“It is important to understand the importance of ensuring the privacy of individuals, their data, and the private sectors’ data in a secure environment,” said Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
“I urge the White House to immediately take steps to ensure that the legislation includes strong safeguards to protect privacy, including strong data retention requirements, so that individuals, companies, and researchers are able to build the infrastructure they need to defend themselves against cyberthreats.”
The House of Representatives Intelligence Committee is also reviewing the CISPA.
A draft version of the bill was introduced by Representative Adam Schiff, D.
Calif., the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.
The bill passed the House in April and the Senate last week by a vote of 70 to 37.
“This new directive is not just about cybersecurity,” Schiff said.
“In fact, it is also about how to deal with other threats.
I urge the administration to work closely with the Congress to provide a robust cybersecurity plan that ensures our nation is prepared to deal effectively with these threats.”
The bill also calls upon the NSA director to create an office that will “examine the effectiveness of the agency in mitigating cyberthreat threats.”