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Lynn: Sharing Intelligence Helps Contractors Strengthen Cyber Defenses

Lynn: Sharing Intelligence Helps Contractors Strengthen Cyber Defenses - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III

According to U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III, the open sharing of federal cyber intelligence operations helps contractors strengthen defenses. 

During his talk yesterday at the Defense Information Systems Agency“™s Customer and Industry Forum in Baltimore, Md., Lynn told attendees that results from a new pilot program, which promotes the sharing of classified cyber threat intelligence among the Defense Department and participating defense contractors, has already shown significant improvements in defense capabilities within the government.

The Defense Industrial Base Cyber Pilot, explained Lynn, is about midway through its 90-day pilot and includes about 20 participating companies that operate DOD networks. This cooperation is critical to the success of the new DOD strategy for operating in cyberspace, which recognizes the importance of cyber defenses to prevent enemies from exploiting, disrupting or destroying critical networks.

“Already, the pilot has shown us hundreds of signatures we wouldn“™t previously have seen,“ Lynn said. “So in the coming months, we are looking at the possibility of deepening the defense industry involvement in this pilot [and] bringing more and more companies [into the program].”

He noted that the program has already stopped hundreds of attempted intrusions.

“We rely on private-sector networks and services to operate nearly every facet of the department,“ Lynn explained. “And the fact is that the private firms we depend on are susceptible to the same cyber threats we seek to protect dot-mil networks from.“

According to DoD, Lynn called intelligence the “special sauce“ that enables participating companies to improve their cyber defenses. The department shares threat intelligence provided by U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency. The companies, in turn, use the intelligence and expertise to protect networks they operate for DOD.

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