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Industry Expert: No to Obligatory Info Sharing within Private Sector

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Industry Expert: No to Obligatory Info Sharing within Private Sector - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Ed Amoroso, AT&T

Changing law that would demand industry to share more cybersecurity information among companies will not lead to more secure networks, according to AT&T Chief Security Officer Ed Amoroso.

When there is talk about information sharing, it sounds great, “like saying you should love your mom and eat apple pie,” Amoroso said at yesterday’s Potomac Institute for Policy Studies symposium in Washington, D.C., according to FierceGovernmentIT.

However, AT&T views the network security measures it takes as a comparative advantage over competitors. For example, Amoroso mentioned that a team he manages blocks attack signatures against iPhones.

“Should I share that information with Verizon? The answer is ‘Curse word, no, period,'” he said. “Let them go figure it out on their own. Is that what Gen. Alexander wants to hear? No.”

AT&T would not invest to the degree it has on blocking those attack signatures, Amoroso said, if it knew from the beginning it had to share that information with market rivals, he added.

Amoroso also said the federal initiative to slash Trusted Internet Connections has resulted in federal agencies becoming more exposed to distributed denial-of-service attacks as there are fewer connections to overwhelm with malicious traffic.

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