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Report: Info sharing centers not sharing so much

The private-sector information sharing centers once envisioned as the keystone of a national cyber security program aren’t doing much sharing with the government, according to a year-long review conducted by the General Accounting Office, released Wednesday. The GAO, Congress’ investigative arm, looked at the Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISACs) for five of the so-called “critical infrastructures”: Telecommunications, Electricity, Information Technology, Energy and Water. As conceived by the Clinton Administration three years ago, the ISACs would be privately-run clearinghouses for companies in each sector to share information on vulnerabilities, threats and attacks with one another, as well as with other ISACs and the government’s National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) — now part of the new Department of Homeland Security. Full Story

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