Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the embattled National Security Agency (NSA), says he is willing to share cyberattack information with the private sector — an offer seen as a Trojan horse by at least one expert.
On Wednesday, Alexander told attendees of his keynote at the Billington Cybersecurity Summit that the NSA, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the CIA are ready to pass information back and forth with a select group of private organizations, provided they get the authorization from Congress.
“We need the authority for us to share with them and them to share with us,” Alexander said, reported Kaspersky Labs’ ThreatPost security website.
Alexander’s comments came a day after U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told The Hill newspaper that she planned to move forward with a draft of the Senate’s version of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). The House version passed in April.