DHS increases access to research

Cybersecurity Update – Tune in weekdays at 30 minutes past the hour for the latest cybersecurity news on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris (6-10 a.m.) and the DorobekINSIDER with Chris Dorobek (3-7 p.m.). NextGov reports, the forms and the research support a program called PREDICT. That stands for Protected Repository for the Defense of Infrastructure Against Cyber Threats. Eligible researchers, who must maintain confidentiality of the data, come from industry and academia. DHS wants to streamline the process for getting researchers and data together.

  • The Defense Department is spending more than 3 billion dollars annually on IT to secure networks against incoming cyber attacks. But it spends far fewer dollars to protect against outgoing compromising data from insiders, a situation one professor calls incredibly asymmetrical. Paul A. Strassmann is a Distinguished Professor of Information Sciences at George Mason University, and he spoke with Chris Dorobek on the DorobekInsider. Also, with all the potential leaks and breaches that come with social networking tools, like Facebook and Twitter, do the dangers outweigh the benefits for the Defense Department? Professor Strassmann says it’s all about balance.

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