Security Firms to Share Threat Intel

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 @ 05:02 PM gHale

The government is really promoting the idea of intelligence sharing and RSA and Juniper Networks said they will team to share threat intelligence.

The partnership will also include sharing intelligence about attacks targeting security vendors.

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“We have to do a better job cooperating” as an industry to leverage all of the threat intelligence gathered, said Art Coviello, chief executive of RSA, the security division of EMC at the RSA Conference 2013 in San Francisco. “We can’t just rely on internal data: We need external data as well. If criminals and rogue actors can get together, why can’t the good guys? It’s important that we [vendors] gather and share intelligence.”

RSA and Juniper will collaborate and share intelligence from RSA’s Live threat intelligence and Juniper’s newly unveiled Spotlight Secure intelligence service. Juniper also said it will embed RSA’s mobile authentication technologies into its Junos Pulse SSL Secure product.

RSA already has been doing some intel-sharing with other vendors via its Antifraud Command Center. “When you’re talking about intelligence-driven security … the more sources of intelligence, the better,” Coviello said. Over time, he said, intel-sharing would also encompass vendors’ firsthand attack threat information.

Coviello said the threat data vendors gather from other attacks is especially valuable. “We [vendors] might be a juicy target, but there are juicier targets.”

Nawaf Bitar, senior vice president and general manager of the security business unit at Juniper Networks, said this partnership is a natural. “Our strength is in enforcement … and they understand threats,” Bitar said. Teaming up will help stop more APT-style and other attacks, he said.

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