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Homeland official asks Black Hat cybersecurity attendees to build trust with government

By midian182
Aug 7, 2015
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  1. In a keynote address at the Black Hat 2015 conference in Las Vegas, a top Obama official has called for more trust between the government and cybersecurity professionals so information about cyber threats can be shared.

    According to the deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland security, Alejandro Mayorkas, there exists a “trust deficit” between government organizations and data security workers which needs to change.

    "The best way to address the trust deficit is to build trust," Mayorkas said at the final day of the conference. "That's probably not an overnight process. It may very well be an incremental process but it has to start somewhere. I ask that we be given the opportunity to bridge whatever trust deficit exists — let's start somewhere."

    Several attendees expressed fears that anything they shared with the government about cyber threats could be used against them, and questioned how they could trust national security agencies to protect their information when governmental cybersecurity measures have failed so often - citing the recent Office of Personnel Management leak as an example.

    The deputy secretary acknowledged the concerns and stated that the White House has recently taken drastic steps to heighten overall governmental cybersecurity and is involved in ongoing efforts to invest in research and development in the area.

    "Different parts of the government are more advanced than others," he said, adding that the "OPM breach was obviously a significant challenge […] but in government one must address it as an opportunity."

    The Office of Personnel Management hack which took place in June is believed to be the biggest government data breach in US history. The action, which exposed the personal data of some 21.5 million people, was blamed on Chinese hackers. A cyber attack on Forbes and a US Postal Service breach last year also named Chinese hacking groups as the prime suspect.

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  2. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    How can cybersecurity professionals trust the government when agencies like the NSA do anything they can to circumvent or introduce weaknesses in security infrastructure?
     
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  3. lripplinger

    lripplinger TS Addict Posts: 258   +89

    Exactly. This is just the pathetic administration's attempt at damage control. Everyone who has half a brain knows that the NSA is spying on us.
     
  4. Hexic

    Hexic TS Addict Posts: 283   +132

    And they have been for many years. Anyone with half of a brain should have known this by by turn of the 21st century. Yet everyone acts surprised.

    It ain't the analog age anymore, everyone is watching everyone - the true question to ask yourself is, who do you trust more with your data? "No one" isn't a possible answer, so draw your chalk where you'd like.
     
  5. infiltrator

    infiltrator TS Booster Posts: 141   +21

    "Several attendees expressed fears that anything they shared with the government about cyber threats could be used against them, and questioned how they could trust national security agencies to protect their information when governmental cyber-security measures have failed so often"

    Exactly what I had in mind, what guarantee will the government give, if they share information with them? Its a trap that I would not want to get myself into.

    Hacker Rule #1, never share information with your adversary, unless you are absolutely sure, that it won't bite you in the ***.
     

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