After Barack Obama issued the cybersecurity executive order, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has started taking its role in the protection of critical infrastructures seriously.The DHS has begun sharing information with critical infrastructure operators in light of the attacks that targeted Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and other major organizations, Nextgov has learned.
As part of the executive order, the DHS has been tasked with overseeing the sharing of information on threats between the government and the private businesses in charge of operating the US’s most sensitive networks.
In a bulletin issued on Friday, the DHS notes that “Various cyber actors have engaged in malicious activity against U.S. Government and private sector entities.”
“The apparent objective of this activity has been the theft of intellectual property, trade secrets, and other sensitive business information. The malicious actors have employed a variety of techniques to infiltrate targeted organizations, establish a foothold, penetrate throughout the targets’ networks, and steal confidential or proprietary data.”