TASC: Shared Intelligence Is Essential to Resilient Cybersecurity for Government and Commercial Sectors

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TASC cyber expert says multi-faceted, layered defense is required to keep cyber enemies and cyber thieves at bay.

Barbara Alexander, TASC Director of Cyber Intelligence

By integrating a complete picture of the cyber-scape from focused and tailored intelligence sources into network defenses, we can push the cyber border further out from our networks and do more to prevent attacks over the long term.

Integrating intelligence with network defense is essential to building a policy platform and operational structure that ensures robust and resilient cybersecurity for government and business, according to cyber experts at TASC, Inc. Today, cybersecurity is overly focused on response, mitigation and recovery – a reactive and ultimately limiting cycle.

“By integrating a complete picture of the cyber-scape from focused and tailored intelligence sources into network defenses, we can push the cyber border further out from our networks and do more to prevent attacks over the long term,” says Barbara Alexander, director of cyber intelligence in TASC’s Infrastructure Protection and Security Group. “We must extend our layers of protection beyond just catching intrusions and responding to them to preventing and preparing so that defenders have more time to better secure their networks.”

Alexander notes that intelligence allows network defenders to gain more complete situational awareness, understanding the context of attacks, identifying patterns and receiving warnings of potential attacks in the future. Sharing timely information across government agencies and businesses targeted by malevolent actors is essential to build a policy platform and operational structure that ensures the integrity of the cyber domain.

“Hundreds of billions of dollars of intellectual property and trade secrets have been stolen through vulnerabilities in our networks,” says Alexander. “An interdisciplinary, holistic approach and a focus on prevention will provide the strong protection and resilience we need to effectively protect our national digital infrastructure.”

Read more about Alexander’s perspective in her presentation to the 2013 Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection Symposium sponsored by the American Institute of Engineers and the Cyber Security Forum Initiative. For more information and career opportunities, visit http://www.tasc.com.

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