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symantec joins the u.s. department of defense's cyber threat intelligence sharing program

Posted by chiappelli at 2020-03-18

On April 22, Symantec, the US cyber security company, announced to join the defense industrial base cyber security program, a cyber threat information sharing program that aims to provide classified and unclassified cyber Threat Intelligence and information security assurance best practices to us domestic defense contractors. Symantec Corp's participation in the project will significantly enhance the quality and advanced nature of the network threat information delivered by the US Department of defense through its project to the contractor, and Symantec Corp claims its global intelligence network (Global Intelligence). Network) can collect threat data from the global Internet from 175 million protected terminals and 123 million attack sensors.

Enterprises that want to join the US Defense Department project need to hold "secret" or above level secret level qualification to access and use the secret network threat data provided by the US official. Chris Townsend, Symantec's vice president for federal government operations, said in a statement that Symantec was "very proud" to be part of the community.

"National defense industry basic network security project" is just one of the projects designed by the US Department of defense to fill in the short board of network security of its contractor system. In recent years, US military leaders are increasingly worried about the damage of US military weapon systems and information systems due to their own loopholes or the penetration of other countries into the US technology supply chain. Therefore, the US Congress and military have recently prepared to strengthen the security review of the local defense contractor system, which is regarded as "the weakest link in the US government's network security chain".

At a hearing of the armed forces Committee of the US Senate last month, several senators expressed their dissatisfaction with the US government's "tolerance of domestic contractors to put their own interests and convenience above national security", such as senior Senator Joe Manchin Manchin) thought "it would be foolish to allow such a thing to happen", so he proposed that the Commission and Congress amend the federal government's contract and procurement regulations as soon as possible.

U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer also recently told the House Armed Services Committee) proposed that strengthening the construction of contractor's network security is one of the top priorities of the U.S. Navy in 2020. He urged the U.S. Congress to pass a bill to establish a new assistant secretary position in the U.S. Navy responsible for network security and focusing on defense contractors as soon as possible. Earlier this year, Dana Deasy, the chief information officer of the U.S. Department of defense, also proposed that the U.S. Department of defense might change the current "National Institute of standards and Technology, NIST) network security standards independently carry out network security compliance construction, and turn to a new mode of "third-party organizations use machine learning to analyze and audit contractor's network security status".