A National Security Agency official says the government and private sector have entered into cybersecurity partnerships with the aim of sharing threat information to defend critical assets, Federal News Radio reported Thursday.
Michael O’Connell writes Anne Neuberger, director of NSA’s commercial solutions center, discussed public-private intelligence sharing efforts during a Sept. 25 speech at the Chamber of Commerce-hosted Annual Cyber Security Summit.
The private sector owns and operates 85 percent of critical infrastructure across the country, according to the report.
“Critical services, from power to water are owned by private-sector firms, but it’s probably fair to say the average citizen looks to their government to ensure the resiliancy and the continuity of those services,” Neuberger said.
Neuberger noted the government uses a general, targeted or operational model in its cyber alliance with companies.
Federal News Radio reports that lessons learned from public-private ties has helped to establish cybersecurity standards.
“We don’t make recommendations we can’t stand behind for protecting the most sensitive information within the U.S., all the way and including the communications of the President,” Neuberger added.