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by Jon Surmacz

CyberSecurity Monitoring Center Begins Pilot Project

Apr 25, 20051 min
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

Partners Against Crime… Thirty companies in the private sector are teaming up with the FBI in a partnership that will help both fight cybercrime by sharing and analyzing incident data. Computerworld reports that the Cyber Incident Detection Data Analysis Center (CIDDAC) opened at the University of Pennsylvania and will install special monitoring devices on the networks of the 30 participating companies. The data will be collected and analyzed at the CIDDAC and used to help neutralize cyberthreats more quickly. The pilot program will last one year with each of the participating companies paying $10,000 apiece. The project is being funded through a $200,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security and support from the FBI. Said Charles “Buck” Fleming, executive director of the CIDDAC, “Companies don’t want the FBI looking at their information, even if they’re not doing something wrong. Privacy, trust and anonymity are absolute essentials for the private sector to participate.”

For more on private/public partnerships, read “Advanced Citizenship” from the October 2004 issue of CSO.