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Richard Hale: 8,000 Firms Could Join Pentagon Cyber Info Sharing Program

As many as 8,000 companies could participate in a cyber information sharing program with the departments of Defense and Homeland Security, the Pentagon’s deputy chief information officer said in a recent teleconference, according to Reuters.

Richard Hale said 1,000 companies are expected to take part in the program and the Pentagon would be pleased to have more participants, Reuters’ Jim Wolf reported.

On Friday, the Pentagon announced the expansion of a joint program with DHS for sharing cybersecurity information with the defense industrial base.

Deputy Secretary Ashton Carter said at the time that companies have unclassified, but sensitive.], information on their systems and can be subject to cyber attacks and theft.

Three Internet service firms provide filtering and remediation services, according to the report.

Verizon spokesman Richard Young confirmed in an email to Reuters that his company is participating, while AT&T and CenturyLink did not respond for comment.

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