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We Need a Classified Network for Critical Infrastructure

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Our nation’s electric, banking and telecommunications sectors are under threat from Russia, China and other adversaries. The Federal government can’t share with these industries the intelligence it has collected on these threats – it’s classified.

Fortunately, there is a straightforward solution to this problem – extend classified connectivity to critical infrastructure companies. The Department of Defense has done that for Defense Contractors going back to 2009.

In my testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee on November 15, during the hearing on “Maximizing the Value of Cyber Threat Information Sharing,” I proposed replicating this model for the other 15 critical infrastructure sectors.

Robert K. Knake, Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

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