House of Representatives to increase cyberthreat info-sharing with Five Eyes allies

The chamber's CISO says his team plans to work more closely with counterparts from allied parliaments.
Randy Vickers, U.S. House
Randy Vickers speaks May 31, 2018, at the Cyber Threat Intelligence Forum presented by FireEye and produced by FedScoop and CyberScoop. (FedScoop)

The House of Representatives’ biggest allies in cybersecurity threat information-sharing may be outside the United States.

CISO Randy Vickers said Thursday at the Cyberthreat Intelligence Forum presented by FireEye and produced by CyberScoop and FedScoop that the House is looking to ramp up a cyberthreat information-sharing program with the parliaments of allies Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Britain — the four other members, in addition to the U.S., of what’re known as the Five Eyes allies.

CyberScoop reported that the information traded could be unclassified threat intelligence used to bolster the legislative bodies’ security. Vickers said there were already strong information-sharing relationships with the allied parliaments, the goal was simply to leverage them more.

“We’re looking at ways to better share information on a more routine basis,” Vickers told CyberScoop Thursday. “It really is just about ensuring that we all have a common knowledge across our environments.”


Vickers would not comment on the advanced threats the House might be facing, but the aim of the expanded information-sharing program would be to help thwart such activity. “We’re not really seeing anything more severe [in terms of threats] than a lot of other large government agencies,” Vickers said.

Read more about the agreement in the original story on CyberScoop.

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