Cybersecurity firms step up intel sharing despite issues of trust


July 8, 2016

The war against cybercriminals won’t be won alone. To keep hackers at bay, security vendors are establishing more ways for their customers to cooperate and share data about the latest threats — even as it sparks concerns about trust and competition.

“We have to win this war together,” said Ben Johnson, chief security strategist of Carbon Black.

The company is the latest to help pool together security expertise with a new platform called the Detection exchange.

Carbon Black protects the networks of thousands of companies, and it’s now opening a line of communication between them. More than a virus signature or an IP address, the exchange aims to foster the sharing of “patterns of attack,” which identify behaviors and tactics employed by malicious hackers.

That can be valuable knowledge, Carbon Black says, because those patterns are harder for hackers to quickly change than something like an IP address.

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