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Cybersecurity Public Private Partnerships: Challenges and Opportunities

Close cooperation between the public and private sector is crucial, given the enormous risks associated with the continued acceleration of global connectedness. Upon closer inspection, however, significant cultural and legal barriers exist that can hinder further cooperation necessary to effectively combat the cyber theat.

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The allegations that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is the latest evidence that cybersecurity has and will continue to have an overarching impact on our daily lives. Further complicating the cyber threat is that it is evolving so quickly that it outstrips the ability of our private or government sectors to adequately address the threat and its consequences. The severity of the cyber threat has resulted in the private sector and the United States government partnering to identify and respond to threats that can impact entire industries, especially financial services and the electrical grid, two essential parts of our country’s critical infrastructure. This article examines: 1) the challenges that inhibit partnering between the private and public sectors; 2) how such partnership is addressed in the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) of 2015; and 3) what this all means going forward.

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