Cyber Pros Willing to Share Threat Data With Government

The vast majority of security IT decision makers are willing to share threat intelligence data with the government to help improve decision making when it comes to cyberattacks, according to an IronNet survey release today.

IronNet found that 92 percent of organizations it polled “would be willing to increase sharing with the government if it enabled the government to use political, economic, cyber, or other national-level capabilities to deter cyberattacks.” Companies aren’t just interested in sharing with the government, 94 percent of respondents said they’d be “willing to increase the level of threat sharing with their industry peers if it demonstrably improved their ability to detect threats.”

While companies agree that collective defense is needed to ward off modern cyberattacks, IronNet argued that current technologies aren’t “achieving the cybersecurity objectives they were designed for” given the continued rate of successful cyberattacks. The report noted that cybersecurity professionals agree, with half of decision makers noting that their threat sharing tools “could be improved upon.” Additionally, 45 percent identified a need for “enhanced sharing of cyber attacker tools, tactics, and procedures (TTP) and faster sharing of raw intelligence at network speed.”

For the survey, IronNet partnered with Vanson Bourne to interview 200 U.S. security IT decision makers – more than half of whom hold C-level positions – spanning multiple sectors, including technology, telecommunications, retail, financial services, government, media, and utilities.

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