An online portal launched by the FBI to gather information about cyber threats from companies could be an important step in fighting cyber crime, but information sharing between government and private industry remains remains a challenge, security professionals told CSO magazine. The FBI’s iGuardian portal, launched last week, is a pilot program designed to give companies a designated location to report cyber threats they’ve encountered.
Initially, the program will be open only to members of the InfraGuard Network, an association of businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies and other participants who share information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the United States. The group’s chapters are geographically linked with FBI field offices. Initially, the FBI portal will be only for submission of information and will not give access to reports or trends. One expert said that having a clearinghouse for reporting cybercrime is a positive step.