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Managing Risk and Information Security: Protect to Enable by Malcolm Harkins

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CHAPTER 4

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External Partnerships

The Power of Sharing Information

Chance favors the connected mind.

—Steven Johnson

After spending a day at a conference, I was having dinner with a dozen or so peers when a debate began about the dangers and benefits of sharing security information with other companies. One person turned to me and asked if I had information about a specific new threat, would I share it with him.

“You bet,” I said.

“But what if I was your competitor—would you still share?” he asked.

“Our companies might compete for business,” I replied, “but in the security arena, my real competitors are the malicious actors who want to harm my ...

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