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New Challenges Rise with US Government Cybersecurity Collaboration

Advances noted but gaps endure
Kelsey Brandt
Contributing Writer

A recent Inspector General report from the U.S. Intelligence Community has identified enduring problems in sharing cyber threat information among federal agencies. Despite progress, the federal government continues to face significant hurdles such as over-classification of data, policy ambiguities, inter-agency tensions, and private sector apprehensions. These challenges hinder effective collaboration and timely use of crucial cybersecurity data.

Why it matters: A significant barrier in the exchange of cyber threat information among federal agencies is their reluctance to make such information publicly available. Agencies often opt to circulate data only within government circles or are restricted by policies to share solely with specific stakeholders in their sector. This cautious approach to information dissemination poses challenges in fostering a unified and effective cybersecurity framework.

  • The report notes the persistent over-classification of information and a lack of clear policy guidance as major obstacles, leading to a reluctance in information sharing both within the government and with the private sector.
  • Private firms express fears over the legal and competitive consequences of sharing information with government agencies. These concerns, coupled with mixed public perception of government cyber activities, particularly law enforcement, add complexity to the issue.
  • Agencies like the DOJ, DOD, and DHS highlight the lack of funding and advanced technology, such as automation tools, as critical barriers. These constraints prevent the efficient processing and timely dissemination of cyber threat data.

Go Deeper –> Age-old problems to sharing cyber threat info remain, IG report finds – Cyberscoop

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