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Feds Making Plans for Security Clearinghouse

The federal government is developing plans for a secure network operations center for all security information flowing to and from the government. The security operations center would be separate from other such facilities at federal agencies and would not necessarily be concerned with monitoring the operations of production government networks. Instead, the SOC would be a clearinghouse that gathers and analyzes data from the private sector, mainly the Information Sharing and Analysis Centers in several major vertical industries. The new facility will likely be located in northern Virginia, according to sources familiar with the plans. The plans are part of the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to engage the private sector more fully in the process of defending the nation’s critical infrastructure. This is a key concern for the department because the lion’s share of the infrastructure is owned privately; the government must rely on ISPs, carriers and large enterprises for help in securing it. Full Story

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