Motorola creates a hub to share intelligence on cyber threats

Motorola creates a hub to share intelligence on cyber threats

Motorola Solutions has created a Public Safety Threats Alliancea cyber threat intelligence clearinghouse aimed at improving public safety in the community.

The Public Safety Threat Alliance, an information sharing and analysis organization (ISAO) recognized by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), is dedicated exclusively to facilitating the exchange of information and intelligence on cyber threats to public safety.

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ISAOs allow resources to be pooled so that many organizations can spend a little money or resources and, as a result, receive an outsized work product.

A collective approach

“The complex nature of today’s cyber threat environment means that no organization—public, private, or nonprofit—has all the information and intelligence necessary to adequately protect against these critical threats,” said Scott Kaine, corporate vice president of cybersecurity. from Motorola Solutions.

He said that given the interconnected nature of global networks, combined with the rapid pace of most cyber attacks, a collective approach to cyber threat information and intelligence is imperative.

Kaine added that the ISAOs provide unparalleled value to their community by creating a forum for their members (public, private, and non-profit organizations) to share information with each other about cyber threats, cyber attacks, and the techniques and tactics they use. bad actors use against their community.

The information sharing component is critical because the ISAO takes the various types of information from myriad sources and transforms it into actionable intelligence that members can use to improve the collective cybersecurity posture of ISAO members.

“It is in this way that the Public Safety Threat Alliance is building a network to better defend public safety networks around the world,” he said.

Mark Lambert, vice president of products at ArmorCode, an application security provider, noted that public agencies are struggling with the same challenges as the private sector: increased exposure to cyberattacks and underresourced response.

“Leveraging ISAOs, public agencies can share threat intelligence to raise awareness and potentially prepare responses before they are compromised,” he said. “Because of Motorola Solutions’ position in the public sector, they are able to leverage insights gained across all of their customers and quickly inform public agencies of active and potential threats.”

Lambert explained that as a society we depend on our public agencies for many things in our daily lives, but they are under attack more than ever.

“Public-private sector partnerships have never been more important as our public agencies lack the resources and critical information required to respond quickly and effectively,” he said.

From their perspective, bad actors move fast and the cybersecurity industry needs to respond faster.

“The only way to do that is by sharing information and pooling resources,” he said. “No one has anything to gain by withholding critical information from our critical public agencies.”

Kaine also noted that cybercriminals are likely to continue to develop new techniques and operating practices to carry out opportunistic attacks.

He noted that extortion would continue to fuel the criminal economy, financing the thriving digital underground with mounting ransom demands.

“Furthermore, hacktivism is likely to remain a public safety threat as global unrest continues to spark campaigns by hacktivists of varying sophistication and resources to target government and law enforcement resources,” he said.

Creating actionable intelligence

Kaine said the Public Safety Threat Alliance’s public safety-focused analysts will draw on a wide range of intelligence products and sources, from public, private and nonprofit organizations to create actionable intelligence.

“Leveraging this information and intelligence, combined with Motorola Solutions’ cybersecurity services, will enable public safety organizations to keep pace with ever-evolving threats and better defend their networks against them,” he said.

John Bambenek, principal threat hunter at Netenrich, a digital IT and security operations company, added that most organizations don’t have the resources to set up a comprehensive threat intelligence program.

In these cases, ISAOs allow organizations to pool resources and receive intelligence products through a shared mechanism so that they are accessible to more organizations.

The end result is hopefully more secure organizations than they would otherwise be.

“An important aspect of public safety organizations is communication, especially communication in a crisis or mass causality event,” Bambenek said. “Motorola has a long history of supplying communications products, including to public safety organizations, and as a major company, we have access to the talent to make this effort work.”

He explained that, in the United States, most critical infrastructure is owned and operated by private entities, and law enforcement and intelligence agencies do not have access to those networks and, by extension, those attacks. directly.

“Private organizations, on the other hand, don’t have access to the same intelligence tools that the government has,” he said. “Partnership allows for the protection of a national security interest while allowing them to remain in private hands without any of the complicated constitutional issues or concerns about intelligence agencies operating in domestic settings.”

Kaine noticed the 2015 executive order promoting private sector cybersecurity information sharing, which established ISAO, recognized the critical role that public-private security partnerships play in our collective cybersecurity.

“This remains true today in all facets of critical infrastructure cybersecurity, including public safety,” he said.

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