[ISN] Nation's cybersecurity suffers from a lack of information sharing

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2010 00:18:52 -0600 (CST)

By William Jackson
March 03, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO -- The lack of trust between the public and private 
sectors continues to inhibit the sharing of information needed for the 
nation to effectively defend against rapidly evolving cyberthreats, a 
panel of industry experts and former government officials said Tuesday.

"We need to have more transparency in the public-private partnership," 
said Melissa Hathaway, former White House advisor who conducted last 
year's comprehensive review of government cybersecurity. "The trust does 
not exist between the two parties."

Hathaway, who now runs her own cybersecurity consulting firm, said 
during a panel discussion at the RSA Security Conference that a .safe 
space. overseen by a trusted third party is needed to facilitate 

William Crowell, former National Security Agency deputy director, said 
that it should be possible to share information without identifying the 
source, to make the parties feel more secure about providing it. "We 
need to be able to abstract the information we are are going to share," 
he said. "That's our best approach in the long run."


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