Thursday, September 18, 2008

Cyber Attack Data Sharing Is Lacking, Congress Told

Ellen Nakashima writes in The Washington Post:

U.S. intelligence agencies are unable to share information about foreign cyber attacks against companies for fear of jeopardizing intelligence-gathering sources and methods, cybersecurity expert Paul B. Kurtz told lawmakers yesterday.

Kurtz, who served on the National Security Council in the Clinton and Bush administrations, spoke at the first open hearing on cybersecurity held by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He and other experts discussed the limitations of President Bush's Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, announced in January, for safeguarding companies from hackers.

There is no coordinated strategy or mechanism for sharing intelligence about intrusions with companies, nor is there a systematic way for companies to share information with the government, said panelists, who are also members of the Center for Strategic and International Studies commission on cybersecurity, set up last year to advise the next administration.

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