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Managing Risk and Information Security: Protect to Enable, Second Edition by Malcolm W. Harkins

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© Malcolm W. Harkins 2016

Malcolm W. Harkins, Managing Risk and Information Security, 10.1007/978-1-4842-1455-8_4

4. External Partnerships: The Power of Sharing Information

Malcolm W. Harkins

(1)Folsom, California, USA

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 me whether, if I had information about a specific new threat, I would 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 ...

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