#CyberFLASH: Canadian CSOs need to share more threat information, say experts

71080359-620x250Few organizations like to share information unless it’s non-competitive with competitors for obvious reasons. But with the encouragement of Public Safety Canada, critical infrastructure firms have been setting up forums for the exchange of security information.

However, two experts say Canadian organizations need to do more confidential threat intelligence sharing if they are going to stay ahead of attackers.

Kevvie Fowler, a partner in KPGM Canada’s risk consulting services and Vivek Khindria, head of information security at Bell Canada [TSX: BCE], urged more co-operation during this week’s Canadian Telecom Summit, where they were on a panel on the importance of threat intelligence.

“Most sectors have learned that trying to hoard (security) information is not going to be a competitive advantage,” Khindria said during the session. “The bad guys are really good at sharing information, and we have to get better. And that may mean laws have to change, my mean more support at the federal level, but it also means that each of us as companies and organizations have to go about figuring out how to share that information.”

“The amount of information sharing (in the private sector) is improving,” Fowler said in an interview. “Is it enough, No, we still need more information sharing … As we get up to the executive level it would be great to see more.

“(Threat) information isn’t just to be shared by managers, (line of business) directors or VPs, it should also be done at the board level.” (During his panel presentation he said some boards are doing it).

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Navy spy’s actions only a bump on the road to better intelligence-gathering

OTTAWA – Royal Canadian Navy Sub-Lt. Jeffery Delisle supplied top secret intelligence to Russia from 2007 until his arrest in January 2012. Some say Delisle’s actions seriously damaged Canada’s participation in the “Five Eyes” intelligence community – Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States – the most exclusive intelligence-sharing club in the world.

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U.S. swapping cyber notes with allies

The Defense Department has reached what Pentagon officials describe a key agreement with some of the United States’ closest international allies to share information in the cyber realm.

The agreement allows the Pentagon to quickly share broad amounts of information on cyber attacks with the four other members of the so-called Five Eyes intelligence-sharing group (formally known as the UKUSA Agreement): the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

“We have far more ability to share, particularly in relation to network defense and information assurance, than we’ve ever had previously. That’s very positive,” said Marine Corps Maj. Gen. George Allen, director of plans and policy for U.S. Cyber Command said on August 16. “I think you’ll see a far better partnership with our coalition partners than you’ve ever seen” as the Five Eyes countries integrate the information into their exercises and planning.

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