Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent
April 11, 2014
The Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) stated that they are sharing information concerning cyber threats with corporations as a way to overcome obstacles for defending against attacks.
According to the DoJ, “companies have told us that concerns about antitrust liability has been a barrier to being able to openly share cyber threat information. Antitrust concerns should not get in the way of sharing cybersecurity information.”
The DoJ have laid out “guidance [that] lets everyone know that antitrust concerns should not get in the way of sharing cybersecurity information, and signals our continued commitment to expanding the sharing of cybersecurity information.”
Bill Baer, head of the antitrust division of the DoJ explained: “This is an antitrust no-brainer. Companies who engage in properly designed cyber threat information sharing will not run afoul of the antitrust laws.”
Baer said: “This means that as long as companies don’t discuss competitive information such as pricing and output when sharing cybersecurity information, they’re OK.”
The Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC) released a study two years ago that pointed toward cybersecurity legislation that was being considered by Congress and how sharing information could put corporations in the position of being sued in court because “information shared is an effort to harm competition.”
Michael Daniel, White House cyber security coordinator said : “In today’s networked world, a cyber-threat to one is really a cyber-threat to all. This is why steps such as today’s announcement … that can encourage more information sharing are key to building up our collective cybersecurity.”
In 2013, John Kerry, Secretary of State, spent time in Bejing, China to solidify a deal between the two nations.
An agreement on the establishment of a cyber security initiative was foremost for Kerry who acknowledged that this issue was of a national security concern.
The creation of a cyber working group (CWG) was laid out to facilitate dialogue and cooperation between the US and China.
Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense, has attended the International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-la Dialogue (IISS) Asia Security Summit over the weekend.
Hagel delivered a speech wherein he repeated Kerry’s promises of a CWG.
Hagel said that recent cyber attacks to US infrastructure “appear to be tied to the Chinese government and military. We are determined to work more vigorously with China and other partners to establish international norms of responsible behavior in cyberspace.”
In addition, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been gathering digital data on Americans and handing it off to the National Security Agency (NSA), telecommunication corporations and cyber security providers as part of the new responsibilities afforded them by the Obama cybersecurity executive order.
Obama has signed a secret policy directive that gives the military complete control over the internet should the US come under a cyber attack.
Being called Presidential Policy Directive 20, the alleged document (being classified) is a guideline that explains how specific federal agencies will be empowered by the Obama administration to intercept online “breaches of security” – including hacking and other digital attacks.
This document assures that the US government is taking the offensive and proactive approach to digital security where network defense is recognized as operations designed to ensure defense of national security.
Whether it means shutting down main servers or local computers that have been identified as targets, a complete shutdown of internet access (although it requires cybersecurity legislation) would not be out of the realm of possibility.