INSA study warns United States against cyber intelligence risks

INSA study warns United States against cyber intelligence risks

The U.S. government and businesses must develop better cyber intelligence tools and practices, says a study by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance. INSA research finds that the time has come for cyber intelligence strategies that promote intelligence sharing between the government and major corporations. Attack attributions and warnings must also be studied in order for the risks to be calculated and threats deterred.

The INSA report adds that occurrences of data security failures have grown substantially in the past few years, are now past an acceptable limit of IP losses and economic jeopardy. The current environment has become untenable for the public sector as well as free enterprise.

The report also states that the United States is not properly prepared for devastating cyber attacks and the country needs to evolve its policies and technologies beyond today’s "patch and pray procedures."

The INSA findings come at the same time that a new bill is being proposed in the U.S. Senate that would levy penalties on organizations affected by data security breaches. Called the Personal Data Protection and Breach Accountability Act of 2011, the proposed legislation is intended to safeguard citizens’ information and prevent criminal computer hacking.