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December 2014
  • Stakeholders keep stirring the pot over how to create a trusted and useful mechanism for sharing data about their security breaches

    Stakeholders keep stirring the pot over how to create a trusted and useful mechanism for sharing data about their security breaches

    By DAVID LINK, with CHRIS DALBY BRUSSELS – While all companies are nervous about the subject, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are particularly wary about sharing information related to any breaches of their networks’ security. How to overcome this reluctance and get all affected parties to start exchanging more data about their security problems was among the central topics reviewed during the “4th NIS (Network Information Security) Platform” plenary meeting here on 25 November. SECURITY EUROPE attended as an observer. The event drew in participants from industry, research, the European Commission and other EU institutions and agencies. All agreed that more – and more useful – information sharing is necessary to facilitate safer networks but that trust is the fundamental driver of any successful information sharing. The paradox was repeated, however, that the fewer partners involved, the better the basis for trust, thus allowing a greater volume of useful information to be shared. So how to get a broad-based information exchange mechanism going where truly useful data circulates? Many officials at the meeting from ENISA – the European Network and Information Security Agency – stressed the need and usefulness of having a centralised database or programme. This would eliminate the possibility of human error or predatory business practices. One possible solution to this, they said, could based on... Read More »
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