#CyberSecurityPulse: Private enterprise’s sad contribution to sharing threat intelligence in the United States

ElevenPaths    10 July, 2018
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After just over two years of Congress passed a major bill that encouraged businesses to share with the government how and when threat actors were trying to get into their systems, only six companies and other non-Federal entities have shared that information, according to Nextgov media. These figures have been compared to the 190 entities and 60 federal departments and agencies that are receiving threat data from the automated national security indicators exchange program. This low level of private sector involvement is an additional blow to the program, which has struggled to provide businesses and government agencies with the kind of actionable intelligence promised by the 2015 Cybersecurity Act.

The law promised liability protections to businesses if they shared cyberthreat indicators with the government and each other. In this sense, it did not protect companies from being sued if they were breached, but it prohibited customers from suing the company simply for sharing their information with the government. The idea was for the government to organize and prioritize all the information on corporate threats, combine it with the government’s own threat data repository, collected by the intelligence and national security services, and share the results with anyone interested, strengthening the nation’s collective defense.

According to experts, the problem boils down to incentives. CISA gave companies legal protection to share threat information with the government, but did not justify why they would be interested in doing so. It is very easy to consume the data that others produce, but the problem lies in convincing companies that they have a social responsibility to do so.

More information available at Nextgov

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