Sharing Cyber Threat Info to Improve Security
Last month the Senate Intelligence Committee approved a bill that would protect firms from any legal liability for sharing cyber threats with the government. This bill would set up a web portal in the Department of Homeland Security where private firms can confidentially share threat information without legal liability.
The counterbalance to this sharing of information should be strong privacy protection for consumers and citizens. The issue of online privacy has been discussed for several years as online usage and information sharing, along with hacking and identity fraud, have increased.
Being able to share information can be a positive step to protect our country against cyber-terrorism. Cyber threats continue to increase due to advances in IT. We need to be more aware of this potential threat and make sure that agencies have the information they need to prevent these crimes. Using verified or corroborated information from a credible source would go a long way to ensure that individuals privacy is being protected and still allow the government to obtain the information they need to protect our country.
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