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But aside from gathering buy-in from all the government agencies and the public at large, Pingree pointed out that establishing an automated system for information sharing would be a huge undertaking. Thus, the political challenges of such a framework may be overshadowed by the technical challenges combined with the underlying need for standards. It would take this sort of cooperation to move the policy beyond the appearance of security toward the delivery of actual security that makes a difference.
"In order to share information between any sort of separated databases, you have to have common tables and formatting," he said. "Then you need a framework to map them together, which also calls out the major elements that you would need to share. Intelligence information, historical context of activities, and event data are just a few of things that would need to factor into that equation."
With upward of 1 billion records breached so far, according to Pingree, the challenge associated with a coordinated effort is a necessary one.
"We give up our privacy regularly, for convenience," he said. "Usually people who are dismissive of policy haven't experienced the reasons behind the policy. Has a hacker taken $10,000 out of your bank account? If that has happened to you, the policy hits a lot closer to home."