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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