Symantec joins US DoD’s cyber threat information-sharing group

24 April 2019 (Last Updated April 24th, 2019 09:36)

Cybersecurity company Symantec has joined the Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity (DIB CS) programme of the US Department of Defense (DoD).

Symantec joins US DoD’s cyber threat information-sharing group
Symantec joins US DoD’s cyber threat information-sharing group. Credit: Pete Linforth / Pixabay.

Cybersecurity company Symantec has joined the Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity (DIB CS) programme of the US Department of Defense (DoD).

The DoD has established the DIB CS programme, a voluntary cyber threat information-sharing initiative, to strengthen and supplement the capabilities of DIB participants to mitigate cyber-attacks.

The programme is aimed at promoting the sharing of valuable threat information between the DoD and industry.

It provides a collaborative information-sharing environment for members to voluntarily report cyber threats and information on how to prevent / mitigate threats.

Symantec vice-president of federal Chris Townsend said: “This is a prime example of an effective government-industry collaborative partnership. Symantec is proud to work in conjunction with the DOD and its partners to deliver a stronger cyber environment.

“The DIB CS programme provides an important platform to share threat information and best practices, helping to improve the overall cyber awareness and security posture of all members. Symantec is proud to become a member of this important community.”

“The company’s global intelligence network comprises threat data from 175 million protected endpoints and 123 million attack sensors globally.”

The cybersecurity company is supporting the DoD in its campaign against cyber adversaries by collaboratively working to improve the country’s security.

Symantec’s cybersecurity capabilities are expected to benefit DIB CS industry partners in complying with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) SP 800-171.

NIST SP 800-171 outlines security requirements for safeguarding controlled unclassified information stored in non-federal systems and organisations.

The company’s global intelligence network comprises threat data from 175 million protected endpoints and 123 million attack sensors globally, collecting billions of cyber threat telemetry vectors daily.

Symantec helps companies, governments and people across the world protect their data. It provides strategic, integrated solutions to defend against sophisticated attacks across endpoints, Cloud and infrastructure.

Furthermore, the company operates one of the largest civilian cyber intelligence networks, allowing it to see and protect against the most advanced threats.