In general, little information is now shared among private companies, federal and state governments. The survey found that 68 percent of federal, 59 percent of private sector, and 48 percent of state and local respondents call for increased collaboration to improve their responses to cyber threats. Such exchanges could benefit all parties because each is strong in some areas and weak in others. The federal government is leading the charge in preparedness exercises and automating security reporting, areas state and local agencies and the private sector are not as diligent. Cyber attack fire drills are also more common in federal agencies: 63 percent of federal respondents reported their organization has participated in such exercises compared to 39 percent of private sector institutions and 32 percent of state and local respondents. The federal government is also using automated tools more effectively than most organizations: 64 percent of federal respondents have automated threat reporting compared to 44 percent of private sector and 38 percent of state and local respondents.
The bad guys use various Web sites to share information all of the time Web sites. It is time that those fighting them learn to do the same. Working together may not mean an end to cyber crimes, but it may enable the good guys to fight these problems more effectively.
How much interaction do you have with the local government? How about the federal government? What do you see as the pluses and minuses of increased sharing of data among the different organizations?