DHS to Start Sharing Cybersecurity Threat Indicators With Industry

February 3, 2016

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will take steps this month to begin automatically sharing cybersecurity threat information with private industry, said Andy Ozment, the agency’s assistant secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications.

“This is about indicators, not incidents,” said Mr. Ozment in a discussion with Rebecca Blumenstein, deputy editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal, at the CIO Network Conference here Tuesday. Companies would share so-called threat indicators with DHS, not information about breaches. For example, if an employee reported a phishing email received on a work account, the company could share information about that message such as the IP address. The company would strip out information identifying the employee and automatically forward it to DHS, which would, in turn, share it with other businesses.

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