Vendors say agencies likely to start small with private networks
Now that GSA has issued an RFQ, more experts think the technology will happen sooner rather than later for the federal government.
There is a new alliance in the battle for cybersecurity. Though neither side has confirmed it, The Washington Post recently reported that Google has asked the NSA to help investigate the mid-December cyber attack against its networks ”to better defend Google – and its users – from future attack.” This partnership demonstrates the increasing interdependencies between the public and private sector in defending against cyber threats.
Hackers, terrorist organizations, cyber criminals, and nation states routinely target government and corporate entities for financial gain, military intelligence, warfare, and sometimes just for notoriety and fame. Government agencies and corporations have traditionally addressed this threat independently, but the evolution of cyberspace has changed the rules. A unified front between the private and public sector has become more critical to combat these cyber threats.
The public and private sectors are becoming increasingly interdependent – the operation of our nation’s critical infrastructure, including the national power grid, transportation systems, and communication networks, depends upon the ability of public and private sector networks to share information via cyberspace. Likewise, our nation’s economic superiority is predicated on our ability to maintain competitive advantages in capital markets. Our enemies are not only looking for ways to exploit vulnerabilities in our critical infrastructure, but they are also increasingly looking for ways to steal our private sector’s intellectual property in order to weaken our economic standing and gain an advantage in the global economy.
Google’s disclosure of ”sophisticated” cyber attacks on its infrastructure reportedly originating in China offers a good example. The Washington Post recently reported that Google and the National Security Agency (NSA) are forming an alliance ”to better defend Google – and its users – from future attack.” Putting the agreement in place will enable the NSA and Google to share critical information to analyze the attack without violating privacy laws or policies. This alliance will help Google better defend its intellectual property critical to our nation’s economy while providing NSA key insight into the attack methods and motives of the attackers.
The need for such partnerships is certain to grow and will most likely extend to organizations that are not as large and resourced as Google but are just as critical to the strength of our nation’s economy. Our adversaries are using similar attack methods to compromise systems across both sectors but they have not effectively partnered to share threat intelligence or early warning indicators. A formal partnership between the private and public sector allows the country to develop a unified and coordinated approach to defending our nation’s assets.
The Internet, and search engines, are helping to reduce barriers, particularly in e-commerce.
The Export-Import Bank of the United States -the Ex-Im Bank – says it will start a partnership with Google to help American small and mid-sized businesses harness the power of the Internet to initiate or expand sales outside of the country. Bank officials say Google’s tools can empower businesses to reach new customers all over the world, and that even small businesses can create a global presence.
The Chairman and President of the Ex-Im Bank Fred Hochberg specifically points to use of the search engine in helping achieve President Obama’s goal of doubling U.S. exports within the next five years, while at the same time putting more Americans to work producing them.
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