Barbara Alexander of TASC: Cyber Net Defense, Intell Should Integrate

TASClogoNetwork defense and intelligence must integrate if government and businesses are to build their cybersecurity postures, a TASC cyber expert has recently said.

Barbara Alexander, director of cyber intelligence in TASC’s infrastructure protection and security group, addressed the current cyber environment at the 2013 Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection Symposium on March 20.

The American Institute of Engineers and the Cyber Security Forum Initiative sponsored the event.

“Hundreds of billions of dollars of intellectual property and trade secrets have been stolen through vulnerabilities in our networks,” Alexander said.

Alexander also addressed the role of information sharing between the public and private sectors, saying this is needed to build both a policy platform and operational structure for the cyber domain.

Network defenders require intelligence to both understand the context of attacks, identify patterns and receiving warnings of potential future attacks, she said.

“By integrating a complete picture of the cyber-scape from focused and tailored intelligence sources into network defenses, we can push the cyber border further out from our networks and do more to prevent attacks over the long term,” according to Alexander.

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