The FBI plans to expand its computer system for monitoring counterterrorism activities into the cybersecurity domain in a move to centralize the government’s notification process, the Washington Post reported Monday.
Ellen Nakashima writes the FBI wants to eliminate redundant threat alerts coming from various agencies by broadening the scope of the Guardian computer system.
The White House told industry leaders that the bureau had informed more than 3,000 companies in 2013 about a spate of attacks targeting their computer systems, according to the report.
Criminal groups and governments from China and Eastern Europe reportedly perpetrated the attacks, which the Post reports cost approximately $100 billion per year.
Nakashima writes the alerts were part of the government’s efforts to further the threat intelligence sharing between the private sector, Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies.