News of two cybersecurity efforts undertaken by the United States government surfaced Friday.
One is the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Cyber Pilot, in which the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), partnering with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will share classified threat information and the knowledge of how to use that with participating members of the U.S. defense industry.
The other is the National Cyber Range, a project overseen by the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, in which a scale model of the Internet will be built to test futuristic security scenarios and carry out war games.
The defense industry “is part of the information supply chain and a potential attack vector,” Randy Abrams, director of technical education at ESET, told TechNewsWorld.
As for the National Cyber Range, Abrams expects it to “be highly secretive and separate from everyone else except to siphon relevant data from other research and security companies.”
However, the National Cyber Range may be more sizzle than steak, Charles Dodd, a government cybersecurity consultant, told TechNewsWorld.
“None of these guys takes a good look at what’s needed,” Dodd said. “It doesn’t do any good to build a go-kart to run on an Indy (Indianapolis 500) track.”
The DIB Cyber Pilot’s protection of defense industry companies also came under criticism from Dodd.
“Private companies own 82 percent of the United States’ critical infrastructure,” Dodd said. “The first responder won’t be the DHS; the attack will be over before they know what’s happening.”
The Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and DARPA did not respond to requests for comment by press time.