Spreading the Word on Cyber Attacks

“It's not the loud pronouncements by hacking groups or the highly visible denial-of-service attacks that scare cybersecurity experts. It's silence,” claims a recent Federal Times article. The article “Programs aim to get the word out when cyber attacks occur” brings light to the idea that one of the greatest tools against cyber attackers is the “relatively low-tech approach of sharing information about attacks.” The article continues on about a push for disclosure, explaining that the DoD has put forth ideas for a new Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) rule. The proposed DFARS rule would require contractors to provide “adequate security”, report cyber incidents within 72 hours, and review their networks to search for additional attack information. As always, the issue of cost tops the concerns about this communication technique. Not only would there be increased costs for the companies providing the “adequate security”, but government resources would have to be tapped in order to provide data analysis and enforcement of any resulting mandates. In an effort to keep government IT security professionals in the cybersecurity loop, DLT has partnered with Symantec, Quest and Oracle to create GovDefenders.com. This new portal provides information on cybersecurity threats, industry best practices and enhances every security professional’s career. Whether you want to become a GovDefender, view the latest news or simply join a community of other cyber security professionals, this portal has it all. Visit www.govdefenders.com to learn more!