via Gov Info Security
By William Lynn III
Deputy Secretary of Defense
The Department of Defense, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, has established a pilot program with a handful of defense companies. This program provides these companies with more robust protection for their networks. In this Defense Industrial Base – or DIB – cyber pilot, classified threat intelligence is shared with defense contractors or their commercial Internet service providers along with the know-how to employ it in network defense. By furnishing this threat intelligence, we are able to help strengthen these companies’ existing cyber defenses.
In this way, the DIB cyber pilot builds off existing capabilities that are widely deployed through the commercial sector. By leveraging infrastructure that already exists, the pilot suggests we can provide substantial additional protections across our critical infrastructure for only a fractional increase in cost.
In the DIB cyber pilot, the U.S. government is not monitoring, intercepting or storing any private sector communications. Rather, threat intelligence provided by the government is helping the companies themselves, or the Internet service providers working on their behalf, to identify and stop malicious activity within their networks. The pilot is also voluntary for all participants.