Feds, CIOs Unite on IT Security
Government representatives and corporate CIOs are for the first time pledging to share more information with each other in an effort to improve security across the nation's critical IT infrastructure.In a major change of heart for both sides, government representatives and corporate CIOs are for the first time pledging to share more information with each other in an effort to improve security across the nations critical IT infrastructure. The coming together is the result of efforts over the last month by the federal governmentnamely, the Department of Homeland Securityto recruit the help of the private sector in implementing its lofty NSSC (National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace). To accomplish this, the DHS reversed its stance on certain measures of the NSSC that were heavily criticized early on, such as the lack of private-sector influence and the establishment of a repository of security data that would reside with the government. Both issues are now not only on the table but are also pushing the two sides together.
Government representatives and corporate CIOs met at the National Cybersecurity Summit in Santa Clara, Calif., last week and began crafting ways to implement the NSSC. During the summit, five task forces were organized around specific topics, such as early-warning systems and security in software development, and guidelines for each topic were developed.