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Friends or enemies? Security vendors tiptoe towards collaboration

By Doug Drinkwater | Feb. 7, 2017
Vendors take baby steps toward working together for the greater good

“That was unprecedented,” said Samani. “Whereas in the past collaborations were around roundtable discussion groups, or certain operations for certain pieces of malware, now you have a permanent online presence.”

Malik says threat intelligence sharing has almost become the norm.

“Threat sharing is an avenue that historically vendors have engaged in. We’ve seen many enterprises join in actively sharing threat data too, and as a result, open threat sharing platforms like OTX have really gained in popularity in helping to increase collaboration.”

Chappell believes that standards have helped with threat intelligence collaboration, thanks largely to the work done by Mitre.com and Oasis, and the standardization of indicator information through initiatives such as STIX and TAXXI. He also believes the gaping security skills gap is being countered through industry acceptance of bodies like ISC2, SANS, CREST, ISACA, and ISSP.

 

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