Study and considerations on Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations

July 2015
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Study and considerations on Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations

At a glance

This study highlights recommendations PwC provided the White House on the key attributes Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAOs) should have to succeed. It is based on analysis of a half-day summit PwC hosted in April 2015 with participants from the private sector, government, think tanks, and academia, and on subsequent interviews with private and public stakeholders. The focus of the paper is on those areas that need prompt deliberation and agreement. Much progress has been made, but much work remains.

The intent of the report is to move the conversation forward as an exploration of the potential models and nuts and bolts of ISAOs. Based on our analysis to date, ISAOs should contain the following characteristics if they are to maximize their utility:

  • A “trust-group” approach to membership.
  • The governance and related process standards for ISAOs must allow for flexibility.
  • ISAOs must provide timely and reliable cyber intelligence.
  • Information-sharing and analysis groups should adopt common vernacular and technical specifications.
  • ISAOs should be scalable without losing the value of these other characteristics.
  • Government should participate as a peer.