McAfee Advocates Using Global Attack Information Sharing to Counter Growing Cyber Threats to Critical Infrastructure and the American Economy

McAfee Public Sector Executive Dr. Phyllis Schneck Tells Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee that Industry and Government Need to Evolve Collaboration Models for Global Cyber Attack Intelligence to Address Growing Sophistication of Global Cyber Threat

WASHINGTON, March 16 - Dr. Phyllis Schneck, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Global Public Sector, McAfee, told the Committee on Homeland Security this morning that private sector companies need stronger protections in sharing global threat intelligence to better protect public and private sector customers and critical infrastructure from rapidly escalating cyber security challenges. By enabling private companies to share more, government and industry can make more efficient use of the public-private collaboration organizations they have created.

Dr. Schneck, who testified before the Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies, outlined some policy recommendations to improve public/private sector information sharing that is essential to provide the government with the capabilities it needs to respond to the cyber threat.

She also discussed the impact of two major cyber attacks that succeeded in extracting billions of dollars of intellectual property from leading American companies in the information technology and energy sectors. The first, Operation Aurora, was a highly sophisticated series of cyber attacks that targeted Google and at least 20 other companies. Dr. Schneck also testified about Night Dragon, a series of cyber attacks on global oil, energy, and petrochemical companies orchestrated with the apparent intent of stealing sensitive information such as operation details, exploration research, and financial data.

She spoke about McAfee Global Threat Intelligence, which offers the most comprehensive threat intelligence in the industry, and how it was used to detect and remediate both the Operation Aurora and Night Dragon cyber attacks. With visibility across all key threat vectors and a view into the latest vulnerabilities across the IT industry, McAfee Global Threat Intelligence correlates real-world data collected from millions of sensors around the globe and delivers real-time, and often predictive, protection via its integrated security solutions.

During her testimony, Dr. Schneck also made several recommendations to the Committee to enhance protection of our critical infrastructure from the cyber attack:

McAfee is a major provider of cybersecurity solutions to the federal government. The company deployed the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Host Based Security System (HBSS) solution which provides five-plus million desktops, servers and laptops across the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). HBSS monitors, detects, and counters against known cyber-threats to the DoD’s enterprise architecture. McAfee also managed the fielding and deployment of the HBSS for the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) for the U.S. Air Force.

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