Obama holds cybersecurity summit
Fri 13 Feb 2015, 03:20

US President Barack Obama has asked tech firms to share more information with security services and each other to tackle cybercrime.

The White House confirmed ahead of a cybersecurity summit bringing together leading industry and law enforcement figures that the president would sign an executive order.

It will also develop a common set of voluntary standards for the organisations to follow, including the protection of civil liberties, the White House said.

Mr Obama has also launched an intelligence unit to co-ordinate cyber-threat analysis.

Facebook builds platform for companies to share cybersecurity threat data
Wed 11 Feb 2015, 16:40

Facebook has built a platform where organizations can share information about the security threats they face in order to better fend off cyberattacks. Facebook unveiled the new platform, ThreatExchange, on Tuesday. The idea behind it was born over a year ago when several Internet companies, including Facebook, were trying to stop a botnet that was abusing their services to send spam.

Security vendors have long had private channels for sharing such data among themselves, but this form of collaboration has limits, because, after all, many of them are competitors and have business models built around providing security intelligence to customers as a service. Some companies also share information about attacks through dedicated industry groups, but this leaves them blind to attacks on companies in other industries that could later affect them too.

US executive order for information sharing
Fri 13 Feb 2015, 16:40

President Barack Obama will set out new cybersecurity rules at a Silicon Valley summit on Friday as the White House reacts to the Sony hacking scandal and attempts to mend increasingly ruptured relations with the technology industry.

The White House announced an executive order to encourage information-sharing between the private sector and the government ahead of Obama’s cybersecurity summit at Stanford University.


Cyberthreat sharing must include strong privacy protections, advocates say
Thu 29 Jan 2015, 01:20

U.S. lawmakers should put strict privacy controls into planned legislation to encourage companies to share cyberthreat information with government agencies and each other, some advocates said.

Members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said Wednesday they plan to work on a cyberthreat information-sharing bill in the coming months. But representatives from Microsoft and the Center for Democracy and Technology told lawmakers they can avoid the controversies of other recent bills by requiring companies and government agencies to strip out personally identifiable information before sending cyberthreat information to other organizations.

US and UK to step up cyber defense efforts
Fri 16 Jan 2015, 15:00

The U.S. and the U.K. have been working together to prevent cyber attacks for some time, but are going to increase the collaboration. They will combine their expertise to set up “cyber cells” on both sides of the Atlantic to increase sharing information about threats and to work out how to best protect themselves and create a system that lets hostile states and organization know they shouldn’t attack, said U.K. prime minister David Cameron in an interview published by the BBC on Friday.

FBI proposes Congress 3 ways to fight cyber threats
Fri 12 Dec 2014, 18:20

FBI’s assistant director Joseph Demarest suggested three ways Congress could combat cyber threat: to update the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, to require businesses to provide prompt notice to consumers in the wake of cyber attacks, and for government and the private sector to share insights into cyber threats.