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October 2003

Improve security intelligence with security information sharing

When the latest critical Microsoft RPC vulnerability was announced last month, Don Garvey turned to his counterparts at similar-sized companies -- including competitors -- for guidance. By close of business next day, his patch deployment strategy was in place. "It's in everyone's best interest to make sure these companies are protected and secured," says Garvey, VP and director of information security for Chubb Corp. "A breach of security at our competitor's network also hurts us." Garvey belongs to a growing number of small information-sharing forums that promote participation through intimacy rather than anonymity. One such example is Information Technology Security Sharing Forum (ITSSF), operated by KnowledgeConnect, of which Garvey is a member. These forums each have up to 12 members, representing different industries, who must actively participate in quarterly, in-person "impact sessions" on three or four topics, as well as monthly, hour-long teleconference "jam sessions." In between, members exchange info, tips and ideas, ...

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