DOD should take lead on cyber info sharing: panel

July 16, 2011
FedCyber Wire
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To protect the nation’s critical infrastructure against potential cyber-borne threats, the federal government is building up programs that fortify research, development and education. Government agencies are also pursuing key partnerships that further steel against the threat, according to a panel of federal officials who spoke July 15 at the AFCEA Cybersecurity Symposium in Washington, D.C..

However, all of those components of cybersecurity hinge on one vital aspect that has long troubled the government: information sharing.

It’s an issue that will need to be transcended to properly protect the nation’s critical infrastructure, and it will require cooperation across many agencies, the panelists said.

“The resources we are all trying to protect are distributed. The threat we are trying to protect against is distributed, and it’s global. Our response has to be distributed as well,” said Martha Stansell-Gamm, former chief, computer crime and intellectual property section, Justice Department.

She said that with its wealth of communications and technology resources, DOD is uniquely qualified to lead the cross-agency, information-sharing charge.

“DOD is perfectly situated… it can match its extensive human network with its extensive technological network,” Stansell-Gamm said.

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