US cyber director Inglis calls for cyber statistics bureau creation

US national cyber director Chris Inglis has endorsed a plan for the creation of a bureau of cyber statistics which will collect and analyse threat data.

According to Cyberscoop, the idea would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to collect, process and analyse statistics relevant to cyber threats and cybercrimes. In addition, it would require companies that provide incident response services or cyber insurance to report information every 180 days.

Inglis noted at an event that such threat data could be an important initial step in figuring out how to respond to threats that are moving at a ‘Darwinian speed’ to outwit the US’ defences.

Currently, the US does not have an official policy on the creation of a cyber bureau but is considering the idea, according to Inglis.

Three US senators – Angus King of Maine, Mike Rounds of South Dakota and Ben Sasse of Nebraska – introduced legislation to the US Senate floor last week in a move that would see the creation of a Bureau of Cyber Statistics at the DHS.

Inglis – who was appointed to his position in June this year – said that during his first few weeks in the role, he has prioritised the need for ‘unity across federal agencies’ in order to implement the requirement of President Biden’s earlier executive order that sought to reform federal cybersecurity and improve private-public partnerships.

Inglis said, “I would observe that to properly address risk we have to first understand it. We have to understand where it’s concentrated, where it cascades, what causes it, and more importantly to then discover how to address it.

“I think all would agree that in the absence of this information, we are going to be episodic, we’re going to be uneven, and perhaps less than optimal in our response to any of these threats which affect all of us in common.”

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