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DIB Cyber Pilot to ensure stronger cyber-security

The Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Cyber Pilot is meant to improve the knowledge base on various cyber-security threats and augment network security.

The Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have started working together with internet service providers (ISP) to offer better cyber protection for defense contractors.

At the 28th Annual International Workshop on Global Security in Paris, Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn stated that in the experimental program, called Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Cyber Pilot, the DOD is providing classified information on cyber threats to defense contractors and their ISPs.

Lynn stated, "[F]or all the military capability that information technology enables, it also introduces vulnerabilities."

"We learned this lesson in 2008 when a foreign intelligence agency used a thumb drive to penetrate our classified computer systems—something we thought was impossible. It was our worst fear: a rogue program operating silently on our system, poised to deliver operational plans into the hands of an enemy.”

"The cyber threat continues to grow, posing new dangers to our security that far exceed the 2008 breach of our classified systems."

He said that the program is meant to improve the knowledge base on various cyber-security threats and augment network security.

Project to strengthen cyber-security

According to Lynn, the DIB project started a month ago and information was shared with defense contractors and their network providers "along with the know-how to employ it in network defense."

Lynn stated, "By furnishing network administrators with this threat intelligence, we will be able to strengthen the existing cyber defenses at defense companies."

Lynn said, "By establishing a lawful and effective framework for the government to help operators of one critical infrastructure sector defend their networks, we hope the DIB Cyber Pilot can be the beginning of something bigger."

Lynn enumerated three new categories of threats: military and private site intrusion by suspected government backed agencies, crude yet disruptive network hacking by groups and the ones meant to destroy critical infrastructure and military networks.

Project to serve as a model for other sectors

Lynn said, "By establishing a lawful and effective framework for the government to help operators of one critical infrastructure sector defend their networks, we hope the DIB Cyber Pilot can be the beginning of something bigger."

"It could serve as a model that can be transported to other critical infrastructure sectors."

While there was no official statement on the participants of the project, a report by the Washington Post has named AT&T, Verizon, and CenturyLink, Lockheed Martin, Computer Sciences Corporation, Science Applications International Corporation and Northrop Grumman as some of the participants.