Pentagon to expand cyber security program to protect defense firms against data theft
Washington, May 12 (ANI): The Pentagon is expanding and making a cyber-security program that will protect computer networks in defense firms against data theft from foreign attacks. he program is an effort to broaden the sharing of classified and unclassified cyber threat data between the government and industry, The Washington Post reports.
Defense Department officials have said that the program is a promising collaboration between the public and private sectors.
"The expansion of voluntary information sharing between the department and the defense industrial base represents an important step forward in our ability to stay current with emerging cyber threats," Ashton B. Carter, deputy secretary of defense, said.
Carter said that industry's increased dependency on the Internet has exposed large amounts of sensitive information on network servers to risk of digital theft.
Officials said that corporate cyber espionage had reached at an alarming level, with activities traced to China and Russia.
U.S. officials said that after initial difficulties, the program has become more effective, and that senior officials at the White House agreed to expand it and make it permanent.
"It's the best example of information sharing that helps in an operational way," Eric Rosenbach, deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber-policy said.
"We haven't heard of any other country that's doing anything like this - a really collaborative relationship between government and private sector," he added.
The Defense Industrial Base enhanced the program, which began a year ago, and included 17 companies that volunteered to have commercial carriers such as Verizon and AT and T scan e-mail traffic entering their networks for malicious software. (ANI)
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