by Mark Rockwell
Although federal cybersecurity officials say things look promising in defending against threats to critical infrastructure, they also warn the cyberworld’s mutability remains a constant challenge for defenders.
“We’re putting the pieces of the puzzle together to crack the problem,” Andy Ozment, assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications at the Department of Homeland Security, said in a keynote speech at the second annual Cybersecurity Summit sponsored by the Association for Federal Information Resources Management and the U.S. Cyber Challenge.
With the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s information sharing framework, the White House’s February executive order on information sharing, and burgeoning security activities among critical infrastructure providers, the pieces are in place to respond to the growing cyber threat, according to Ozment.
Those initiatives provide best practices for industry, while allowing them to form cross-industry groups to discuss and share threat information. And legislative proposals from the White House, unveiled in January, would facilitate cybersecurity information sharing between the private sector and government. That proposal encourages the private sector to share appropriate cyber threat information with the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, which would then share it in near-real-time with relevant federal agencies.