How Feds, Tech Giants Share Intelligence

Little has been disclosed about the Enduring Security Framework, part of the U.S. government’s efforts to share sensitive cyber threat information with big telecom, hardware and software companies. A picture emerged through interviews with six people who have participated in these meetings and others who have been briefed on them, all of whom requested anonymity because details of the meetings are confidential.

The ESF program consists of at least two groups, according to three former government officials who have attended meetings. The first group involves CEOs and top decision-makers at technology companies and government agencies. Those meetings rotate and have been held at various agencies’ Washington-area headquarters, including at the Pentagon. At least one of these meetings also included a “social” component, according to one of the former officials.

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But agencies are still figuring out how to do that. “We have not worked out the process for sanitizing classified information” so that it can be distributed widely, says a former Department of Homeland Security official.

This article has been updated to include a statement from Microsoft.

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The Enduring Security Framework organizers “wanted CEOs and CTOs to hear from the NSA director what the real threat is,” says a person who helped organize the group’s meetings.