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Government Issues Guidelines for Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act
Monday, February 29, 2016 6:40 AM

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice both released interim guidance documents this month to implement the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA). The bill requires both agencies to establish a voluntary information sharing process to encourage sharing of cyberthreat information between the government and the private sector.

The documents address the requirements for sharing information with the DHS National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, which shares information among public and private sector partners to build awareness of vulnerabilities, incidents, and mitigations.

Cyber and industrial control systems users can subscribe to information products, feeds, and services at no cost.

The documents include:

  • Guidance to assist non-federal entities to share cyberthreat indicators and defensive measures with federal entities under CISA;
  • Sharing of cyberthreat indicators and defensive measures by the federal government under CISA;
  • Interim procedures related to the receipt of cyberthreat indicators and defensive measures by the federal government; and
  • Privacy and civil liberties interim guidelines.

Entities can share information through the DHS website, by email to DHS and by DHS’s Automated Indicator Sharing resource