DHS officials push for cyber information sharing

This week, two Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials testified before a congressional panel on President Obama’s proposal on cybersecurity information sharing.

Under Secretary Suzanne Spaulding and Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity & Communications Phyllis Schneck addressed the House Committee on Homeland Security, highlighting the National Protection and Programs Directorate cybersecurity role and capabilities, and speaking of DHS’s plans to facilitate better information sharing of cyber threats between private industry and the federal government through the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC).

Spaulding and Schneck described NCCIC’s relationship with its partners – which include both private sector organizations and federal departments and agencies, among others – and NCCIC’s work sharing cyber threat indicators with these partners.

The officials discussed President Obama’s recent visit to NCCIC, where he announced new cybersecurity legislation to better facilitate information sharing between the government and the private sector. According to Spaulding and Schneck, “Our vision is that this may reduce the time to receive and act on indicators from hours to milliseconds, create consistency in information provided to interagency partners, law enforcement, and the private sector”.

Spaulding and Schneck also reviewed new developments in DHS’s cyber threat information sharing efforts, including specifications which standardize the representation and exchange of cyber threat information.

For more information on Spaulding’s and Schneck’s testimony, please follow the link below.
Written testimony of NPPD Under Secretary Suzanne Spaulding and NPPD Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity & Communications Phyllis Schneck for a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing titled “Examining the President’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Proposal”, Department of Homeland Security

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