The U.K. launched the Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership today to build trust between the private and public sectors when it comes to sharing information about cyber attacks. Alongside that launch, the government has introduced the “fusion cell,” a cyber security center at a secret location in London.
The CISP unites U.K. government entities, law enforcement, and the private sector in a veritable social network for security information sharing. The BBC refered to it as a “secure Facebook,” where companies can choose when and with whom to share information about an attack they are experiencing — sometimes in real-time.
“No one has full visibility on cyberspace threats. We see volumes of attack increase and we expect it to continue to rise,” a government official told the BBC.
The pilot program that came before CISP, called Project Auburn, brought in 80 different companies. Today, at the launch of the program, 160 companies are participating. Of course, more companies are encouraged to join.
The “fusion cell” will act as a technical center to monitor and act on any attacks in progress.
Of course, the intent here is to build trust between the government and private sector — an issue being faced all around the world, especially in the United States. The U.S. government has made its own attempts to spur information sharing, although no one has brought a real, workable solution to the table just yet.