How cyber info sharing helps keep the lights on

  • By Sean D. Carberry
  • Feb 01, 2017
Shutterstock image (by gyn9037): High voltage towers, electricity infrastructure. 

Public-private cyber threat information sharing is critical to keeping the lights on, representatives of the electricity sector told members of Congress.


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2016 Deloitte-NASCIO Cybersecurity Study Available

Each year, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) conducts a survey of state chief information officers (CIOs) to identify and prioritize the top policy and technology issues facing state government.
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Cybersecurity Resources for State and Local Law Enforcement

The National Consortium for Advanced Policing (NCAP) recently released the Cybersecurity Guide for State and Local Law Enforcement and an accompanying issue brief: A Policy Roadmap to Enhance Capabilities.  The guide was created to help state and local law enforcement agencies protect themselves, as well as businesses and community members, from cyber-related threats.  The issue brief is a companion to the guide and focuses on how policymakers at federal, state, and local levels, in both the executive and legislative branches of government, can take steps to improve the cyber authorities an

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Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Remain Important for Information Sharing Future

Privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties (P/CRCL) – as they relate to the public and private space – are increasingly woven into the work of countering terrorism and violent extremism. P/CRCL also plays an important role in cybersecurity conversations.

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DHS Seeks Better Private-public Sharing of Cyber Threat Information

The Department of Homeland Security wants private-sector companies to get under the agency’s information-sharing umbrella in order to better manage and mitigate cyber risks to critical infrastructure.

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Coordinating Cybersecurity Programs

 Cyberattacks, resilience of critical infrastructure, and related cybersecurity concerns are escalating at exponential rates, and so are the many governmental programs attempting to mitigate the risks for all citizens as well as government and industry. As a wide range of threats expand, and cyberterrorists, cybercriminals and other nefarious actors transform their capabilities into new forms of attack, the demand for faster and more effective responses and ways of prevention grow as well.

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Homeland Security Building a Massive Database to Track Cyberattacks

The Homeland Security Department wants input on an idea for a broad cybersecurity incident database, accessible by members of the public and private sectors. 

Businesses could use the database to assess how their cyber practices stack up against competitors, and the federal government could upload its own cyberthreat predictions, DHS suggests in a new white paper fleshing out the concept. 

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Report: Industry Eager to Receive, Hesitant to Share Cyber Threat Data

A McAfee Labs report finds that the failure to share is often a product of poor understanding or poorly implemented policy.

More than a third of private sector cybersecurity professionals remain hesitant to share cyber threat intelligence across their industries, even as a reciprocal measure, and only a minority actively participate in information sharing initiatives, according to a new survey.

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DHS Cybersecurity Efforts Complement White House's Cybersecurity National Action Plan

On 9 February 2016 the White House announced the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), an important new initiative to bolster our Nation’s cybersecurity.

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President Obama Signs Cybersecurity Act of 2015 to Encourage Cybersecurity Information Sharing

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that contained the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (the “Act”), a compromise bill based on competing cybersecurity information sharing bills that passed the House and Senate earlier this year. The Act creates a voluntary cybersecurity information sharing process designed to encourage public and private sector entities to share cyber threat information.1

Summary of Key Provisions

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