The Defense Department will expand a program for defense contractors to share information on cybersecurity and attacks with the U.S. government, Foreign Policy reports.
According to John Reed’s article, the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security are working to develop a similar program for companies that maintain critical infrastructure such as banks, utilities and Internet service providers.
Those companies would share cyber threat information with DHS, Reed reports.
Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale said at a news conference last week the department has a second part of the Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity and Information Assurance program, where participating firms get security services from service providers, according to the report.
Reed reports the Pentagon started the DIBCIA program several years ago to facilitate voluntary partnerships between defense contractors with facility clearances and the government, where companies could get help from U.S. intelligence agencies in defending against cyber threats.
In May, Pentagon Deputy Chief Information Officer Richard Hale said more than 8,000 firms could eventually join the program.