New England’s Advanced Cyber Security Center and the Western Cyber Exchange Demonstrate Major Cybersecurity Advancement

August 20, 2014

New England’s Advanced Cyber Security Center and Colorado Springs-based Western Cyber Exchange recently exchanged cyber threat messages using leading cyber analytic tools. The exercise demonstrated the possibility of a national and global network of organizations sharing cyber threat information—known as a cyber federation—to help secure the cyber domain and protect critical infrastructure. The demonstration was made possible using CRITs (Collaborative Research into Threats), a threat intelligence platform developed by MITRE as an operational prototype to facilitate aggregation, analysis and sharing of cyber threat information. CRITs leverages STIX and TAXII, community-developed structured data exchange formats created and led by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

"We’re working with our partners to move the needle in the direction of an active, threat-based defense,” said Gary Gagnon, senior vice president and chief security officer of MITRE, a non-profit organization that operates research and development centers sponsored by the federal government. “We need to approach this as a team sport and find ways to facilitate threat sharing across both public and private sectors.”

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