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Cybersecurity experts agree to share attack forensics

Cybersecurity experts will soon be able to exchange information on network attack forensics and vulnerabilities using a standard vocabulary and message...

Cybersecurity experts will soon be able to exchange information on network attack forensics and vulnerabilities using a standard vocabulary and message exchange system to improve interoperability of network defences.

Last week a meeting of an International Telecommunications Union (ITU) security standards group agreed a cybersecurity information exchange framework based on best-of-breed standards from government agencies and industry.

Record attendance at the meeting of ITU-T's Study Group 17 indicated the growing importance of cybersecurity work in the global ICT community, Malcolm Johnson, director of the ITU's standardisation bureau, told Computer Weekly.

Johnson said it was essential for experts in cybersecurity and telecoms infrastructure protection to exchange information on threats and vulnerabilities. "The framework will, for the first time, provide for this exchange globally," he said.

Network security experts, such as national computer emergency response teams will be able to capture and exchange information about the security state of systems and devices, vulnerabilities, incidents such as cyber attacks, and build up a knowledge base. The information will be available to colleagues in various ways with an eye to their global interoperability and use, he said.

The ITU and the Forum for Incident Response and Security Teams (First), will start work together to produce the first worldwide web-based directory of cybersecurity organisations and centres.

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