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FBI Calls For Law Facilitating Security Information Sharing
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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
12/13/2014 | 5:04:37 AM
CFAA
It'll be interesting to see what kind of change they're looking for here specifically.  One of the biggest complaints about the CFAA is that it is not infrequently used to punish white-hat hackers/security researchers when instead those hackers and researchers should be recruited for collaboration to help secure vital cyber infrastructure.
smalpree
smalpree,
User Rank: Apprentice
12/15/2014 | 10:19:39 AM
Not soon enough, but a step in the right direction
I spent about a year fdoing research on thist opic and how business implements and depends on Defense in Depth and published a peer reviewed white paper via the SANS institute which can be found here in the SANS Reading room.

In this paper I discuss how we specifi9cally must start sharing sanitized attack data with law enforcement and each other if we are to even have a chance of slowing down the attackers much less stopping them

My paper can be found here: https://www.sans.org/reading-room/whitepapers/warfare/defense-depth-impractical-strategy-cyber-world-33896

I am glad to see that there is a trend now to do what I have been advocating for with the FBI and others since 2011.

I refer to the threatscape we face as Sustained Cyber-Siege Defense:

Excerpt from my publication: (Ignore the numbering - the web page won't let me change it.)

Keystones of Sustained Cyber-Siege Defense:

  1. Abundant participation - The greater the number of participants then the more effective participants will be in their strategies for Prevent, Detect, Contain and Eradicate. As a result, the metrics should show a reduction in detection times and reduce the amount of time it takes to push attackers out.
  2. Rapid and sanitized information sharing. 
    1. Vertical Markets must share the data

i.      Strip out company specifics, but share the data.  In order for there to be success it is critical for IT Security Professionals to not only have accurate, actionable data, they must get it in a timely fashion as well.

    1. Vendor sharing of sanitized data, even amongst competitors, is also essential to success.  Vendors have to cooperate and share sanitized and standardized data to detect and eradicate the attackers.  Vendors must develop a standard to share data in a format that is able to be correlated.

i.      All Malware should be identified by hash values and not the dozens of text based aliases seen today.

  1. Vendor Relations – many competitors often use the same vendors.
    1. Use market pressures on vendors, even those that compete with one another to deliver required services in a collaborative manner. 
    2. Place the demand on vendors to work together, with the business and vertical market peers to deliver a higher quality of combined services.
  2. Vendor Specialization – Place pressures on vendors to have services and sales engineers that come from vertical markets that get trained up on the business and processes.  The better the vendor understands the business and processes then the more valuable that vendor will be in the long term.
  3. Knowledge sharing between vendors and the business. Consideration of an employee exchange program would be a highly effective method for knowledge transfer and sharing.
  4. Corporate Citizenship – Corporations need to learn to work with local and federal authorities.  The lack of information reaching the state and federal level is inhibiting the government's ability to accurately measure and weigh the risks from criminal and state sponsored attackers.  IT Security Professionals must openly cooperate with and share information with the authorities so that their representatives have the information they need to apply pressures through law enforcement and political avenues to help reduce the threats.  In order to do so the authorities will require accurate information that paints a clear picture of what is happening nationwide to create opportunity, budgets and develop appropriate resources and responses.

 

 


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