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Better cybersecurity depends on better information management




Better cybersecurity depends on better information management
Better cybersecurity depends on better information management



http://gcn.com/articles/2010/06/22/information-management-better-cybersecurity.aspx 

By William Jackson
GCN.com
June 22, 2010

It might sound like heresy, but information sharing is overrated, said 
Tony Sager of the National Security Agency.

IT security officials already are overloaded with information, Sager 
said. As chief of the vulnerability analysis and operations group in 
NSA's Information Assurance Directorate, which runs Red Team penetration 
tests, Sager has generated his share of security information over the 
past 33 years. But that data often contributes little to improving the 
security of government IT systems, he said Tuesday at the Symantec 
Government Symposium on IT security in Washington.

"Dumping our inboxes at each other is not going to cut it," Sager said. 
"Being at the right meeting is not going to do it. The key to success in 
IT security is information management." E-mail exchanges and meeting 
attendance don't scale, he noted; an agency official can't increase them 
indefinitely as the demand rises.

Information management means getting the right information into the 
hands of those who need it. That requires not data dumps, but standards 
for tools that can analyze data and make it available irrespective of 
its source; standards such as the Security Content Automation Protocol, 
jointly developed by the NSA, the National Institute of Standards and 
Technology and the private sector.

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