Mark Zuckerberg, best known for creating the social media site Facebook, is once again on the edge of innovation. In February, Zuckerberg and his team launched a new beta site called ThreatExchange. The purpose of the site is to act as a forum where businesses’ information security professionals can exchange knowledge and information on cyberthreats. The main idea of ThreatExchange is that when one company improves their cyberdefenses, others can too.
The benefits of ThreatExchange
Mark Zuckerberg, best known for creating the social media site Facebook, is once again on the edge of innovation with his new cybersecurity forum.
Before ThreatExchange, cybersecurity professionals had to manually research and analyze data on cyberthreats before taking any preventative action. Additionally, these professionals might have been trying to resolve a digital issue that another company had already solved. This was an inefficient, timely and costly method of information security. Zuckerberg hopes that his new site will connect cybersecurity professionals and prevent threat analysis overlap. The site is designed so that companies can join and share cyberthreat information such as examples of malware and phishing. Any company who joins ThreatExchange can control what information they shared and with whom they share it to prevent the unintentional disclosure of confidential information.
Pete O’Dell of The National Cybersecurity Institute wrote, “The cyber problem is enormous, and it will take a generation of smart talented people around the world designing and implementing solutions to the existing installed base, and designing security into subsequent generations of technology [to solve it].”
Zuckerberg has introduced a potential solution. It’s up to cybersecurity professionals and their companies to ensure its success. ThreatExchange allows cybersecurity professionals to exchange threat information and digital knowledge.
The future of ThreatExchange
This site has incredible potential in the realm of cybersecurity. Essentially, it creates a real-time updated database of digital threats that is free for companies to access. The earliest users of ThreatExchange included Bitly, Dropbox, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter and Yahoo, but Zuckerberg and his partners believe many more are soon to follow. If every company hired information security professionals whose main goal was to monitor and post to ThreatExchange, the world of cybersecurity would become immensely more effective as it would establish a unified defense against new and ever-changing threats.
ThreatExchange is just the first of a new wave of proactive and cost-efficient cybersecurity technologies. Soon, companies will find it necessary to hire individuals with the knowledge and training to adequately monitor sites like this. To learn more about how you can start your career in this field, visit NCI’s website today.