While cybersecurity related threats and reports of their consequent hacking attacks seem to show no one is immune from them, even more issues outside of the real of cybersecurity itself appear to thwart any quick fixes to this problem. According to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., who, at a hearing he chaired this past week of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism stated, “When members of the various sector-specific Information Sharing and Analysis Centers, or ISACs, get together to discuss common IT security threats, they don’t always share everything they know, even if it’s in the best interest of all members that they do so to protect their IT systems.”
However, Whitehouse was quick to point out that most ISAC members aren’t that sinister, yet often hesitate to share information for fear that they could be seen colluding with competitors, and their cooperation to battle common threats could be interpreted as violations of antitrust laws, opening themselves to lawsuits.
To further clarify this concern, Whitehouse then pointed out that, “… the administration’s proposals legally protect organizations that share threat information with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) but no such shields exists when industry can be found “circling its wagons against common threats.”
An interesting twist to a serious risk problem facing our global village, and, whose resolution and mitigation continually appears to escape an easy solution — read more in an interesting article written by Eric Chabrow, posted on the govinfosecurity.com website, and titled, “Law Interfering with Cybersecurity”.